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letters | grappling with cases of bullying

Cultivate a support network of parents

Re “Where were the parents in bullying case?” by Joanna Weiss (Op-ed, Aug. 10): Not only do parents need “to learn more about their teenagers’ friends,” but parents need to know their teenagers’ friends’ parents. Although teens may protest mightily at what they perceive as hovering, they eventually appreciate the support provided by connections among families.

We need to be able to tell our children things they don’t want to hear and be able hear things from them that may be upsetting. As adults, we also need to be ready to hear unwelcome news from each other.

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Parent peer support is a key strategy that is too often missing in the effort to keep kids on a good path.

Eve Sullivan


The writer is founder of Parents Forum.

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