WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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152 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 most parents expect some bumps and bruises along the way as their children grow up. After all, they were kids once themselves. But few parents would go so far as to imag- ine a difficult, unpredictable social life as part of their children's narrative. Sadly, it is all too common. "Kids get left by friends or leave friends," says Wellesley resident Joani Geltman, MSW and best-selling author of Survival Guide to Parenting Teens (American Management Association, 2014). "It can be extraordinarily difficult for kids and their parents." When children are very young, parents and geography rule social agendas. Neighborhoods offer easy access to peers who are within walking distance. Often the parents are friendly, which completes a strong social circle. "When kids are younger, the play date happens more naturally, more easily. They aren't necessarily asking, 'Do I like this kid?'" says Geltman. But as kids grow up and develop critical thinking skills, every aspect of their decision making comes M E D I A B A K E R Y living with kids relationships parenting life lessons emotional growth teenage years growing up Left Behind How to help your children when they are struggling socially A L L I S O N I J A M S S A R G E N T writer family matters

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