Respect Your Kid's Feelings
Even if your child's new friend isn't someone you would have picked -- maybe he lives across town or his mother isn't your favorite person -- you should still encourage the friendship. "Parents shouldn't impose their wishes for playmates on their children. Friends aren't interchangeable," says Marsha Weinraub, PhD, director of the personality and social development research laboratory at Temple University, in Philadelphia. Of course, if your child begs to play with someone you find totally inappropriate -- like a kid you know is a bully -- it's fine to discourage that.