It's not easy battling all the influences that are out there vying for our children's attention. The media, friends and even other adults may have influence over your tween -- influence you're not so crazy about. But remember, you are still the most important role model for your child.
Help your child learn how to think critically about all those negative influences. Short discussions that inform but don't lecture are your best bet. You'll inform your tween without going into too much detail. And, of course, answer any questions your child might have about what he's seeing on television, hearing from friends or experiencing in life.
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