The week's best parenting advice: July 12, 2022

The power of teenage friendships, here's why your kid keeps lying, and more

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1. The power of teenage friendships

When it comes to helping your teen thrive, it's easy to focus on academics or sports, but friendships are just as important, writes Emily Laber-Warren in The Washington Post. Having strong friendships as a teenager predicts academic success, better mental and physical health, and more rewarding romantic relationships in young adulthood. This isn't to say that kids need to be popular in order to succeed — in fact, research suggests that teens who prioritize popularity are more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs, and struggle to form meaningful relationships as young adults. "It's not who is the life of the party" who thrives, says psychologist Joseph Allen, "It's more likely the two ninth-graders that [are] spending Friday night sitting around their basement watching YouTube videos and eating cookies but forming a friendship that is durable."

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