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What should I do if my child behaves badly due to his friend's influence?

If a child starts mimicking an acquaintance’s offensive behavior, parents should explain their concerns to their child and steer him or her away from that person before the friendship is formed. Children who have problems making and keeping friends may benefit from attending friendship classes with a parent. This will help them learn social skills and set personal goals for making friends.

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