Ask Yourself Why You Don't Like Their Friend
Uncovering the underlying reason for why you've started to dislike one of your child's peers is key to dealing with your feelings. And once you've chalked it up to a playdate gone wrong or word of mouth from other parents, take a step back and keep in mind that the person in question is still just a kid.
"Everyone has natural feelings about what types of behaviours bother them," explains Sharma. "Remember, children are in the midst of learning behaviour and thinking patterns that will shape their lives. Separating a behaviour from the whole child is important, as all kids have strengths."
And while every parent has their pet peeves when it comes to behaviour, keep in mind there's a fine line between kids who have frequent tantrums or repeat the occasional bad word and bullying.