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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 73

Put up with friends of theirs you don’t like

Have your children got any friends you’re not keen on? That wild one in nursery who pulls other kids’ hair when no one’s looking? The girl in Year 5 who’s their best friend one day and not speaking to them the next? The 15-year-old who’s always playing truant (and you’re quite sure he smokes)?

Yep, right through your child’s school career there will be friends you wish they didn’t have. Maybe you feel they upset your child, or they’re a ‘bad influence’, luring them into cheeking the teachers or bunking off games. My mother hated any friends who didn’t talk ‘properly’ (bit of a problem in the south London school she sent me to). Still, at least she never found out about the one who taught ...

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