FTW.53 Friendster conflicts

Fatherhood in a Technological World – Message #53

Friend-ster. Yes, I just made up another definition of the word which focuses on friends who are young children.

You know that Berenstain Bear book called “Trouble with Friends”? Eventually as your child builds friendships with other young children, they are bound to come home with the “I hate my friend” feelings, even though they spend so much time with their friend who they seem to have so much in common with.

Granted, there will be some relationships which can turn out to be toxic, but many conflicts between friends can be just a matter of young people expressing themselves in their very simple, limited, and sometimes crude ways. In the technological world, there’s plenty of brain-dead ways to say things found on internet videos frequented by youngsters.

Most of what we say can be misinterpreted, especially when we are expressing something for the first time, and it is so easy with children, who have little experience with a variety of people and subjects, to misunderstand.

Even kids with good intentions can come across as insensitive (adults also for that matter) and sometimes all that is needed is a chance for the inadvertent perpetrator to be able to explain themselves. Get them to unpack their idea!

Sometimes kids make petty or mean comments and I tell my kids not to take it personally, but rather, they get to view more of their friend’s character or personality.

In the video I describe a simple way your confused child can respond to questionable or seemingly insulting comments made by their friends. Sometimes there is nothing worse than not being able to respond to something that irks you, so having a ready comeback response can help your child get out of dwelling on their damaged feelings and instead getting them to put the ball back into the court of their friend.

Iron sharpens iron. Or perhaps with kids it’s more like, aluminum shapes aluminum. Keeping the conversation going helps strengthen relationships and/or helps reveal who people are.




About Fatherhood in a Technological World

Fathers of young children in today’s modern society are facing unprecedented challenges with the wave of technology allowing ever easier access to the internet. The effect on your children has and will have a great influence on their growth. As a parent, you may be feeling the anxiety of having to confront the challenges of being at the end of the rail of the powerful forces driving technology into the laps and hands of your children.

Your work is cut out for you are a father. Even though popular culture doesn’t do well to herald the value of the leadership role of men in the form of fathers, let me tell you right now, being a father in this time and age has never been more important.

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