What does Friendship Mean to You?
The meaning of friendship is an important concept for your children to understand. The meaning of friendship has been diluted in this culture where social media defines it as how many likes on your page or followers of your pictures. Deep relationships are necessary for you and your children. As you discuss these questions around the dinner table, consider how you can not only encourage your children to be intentional about building real relationships, but also how you can cultivate the friendships you have into life long connections that matter.
What does friendship mean to you?
Many things can be revealed through the response your children have to this question. Listen for indications that they feel good about the friendships they have. They may use value words that are important to them like honest, kind, trust, or someone you can count on not to share your secrets.
How do you build a friendship?
Encouraging your children to be a friend to others will help them to build good friendships. Listen to their ideas for building friendships and then help them to understand that to have friends, they need to first be a friend.
Why is it important to have close friends?
Help your children understand that what will matter most to them over time will not be material things they collect but close friends who are there for them in the good times and the bad.
People are innately wired to be connected. By encouraging your children to build real friendships you are equipping them to have the ability to cope with the struggles that come with life. You know your children will experience struggles. Although you want to be there for them in times of need, you also want them to have a circle of encouragers that can come alongside them to celebrate successes and confront them through the challenges of life.