Lately I've been finding myself thinking a lot about the upcoming generation and how much harder it is for them to make friends...with texting instead of phone calls, the internet and social media, just to name a few! So I often find myself asking "how can I help prepare my children to be good friends when friendships now a days are so different than they were when I was growing up.
So oldest son had a 'friend' at school this year that I felt wasn't really a very good friend for him. He bossed him around a lot and if my son didn't do what he said, he'd get mad and yell at him and tell him they're friendship was cancelled. My son was heartbroken the first time this happened. By the end of the school year, he was just annoyed.
The one good thing that came out of this situation is that I got to have lots of talks with both of my boys about what makes a good friend. I recently asked them to think about qualities that they think make a good friend and write about it in their journals.
A Good Friend is someone who...
- Don't judge your friends
- Be supportive, even when/if you don't agree.
- Don't listen to gossip and don't spread gossip about your friends.
- Make time for them!