One of the most influential factors in a child’s life is their peer group. The people that a child spend their time with can have a big influence on their development. Friends can help shape a child’s identity and how they see themselves. They can also influence a child’s behavior, both good and bad.
It’s important for parents to carefully select their child’s friends, and to monitor their child’s interactions with them. But it’s also important to let children choose their own friends, and to allow them to have some independence. Giving children the opportunity to socialize and interact with their peers is a crucial part of their development.
The original article can be found here: https://www.unifiedcaring.org/the-power-of-peers-how-the-influence-of-friends-shapes-a-childs-development/