Helping Kids Navigate Friendships

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Proverbs 18:24 says, “A man that has friends must show himself friendly, and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.” 

Friendships are important for all of us and maybe even more so for our children as they begin to navigate growing up and start to figure out how to relate to others in a kind, Christ-like way. As children grow, their friendships will too and issues are likely to arise as they learn to deal with all different types of attitudes and upbringings that might be different from what they are used to. 

When our children are toddlers, typically we’re involved as they play with other children so we can observe and guide them as they interact, teaching them critical skills like sharing, taking turns and playing fairly.

Once they start school though, we don’t have the same level of control we had in the early years. We need to come up with strategies to deal with the inevitable conflicts and issues that crop up like bullying or teasing or being left out.

What makes a healthy, Godly friendship?

Honesty, trustworthiness, generosity, friendliness, the ability to share, having a sense of humor and being able to forgive an offense. 

As moms, our job is to model Christ-like friendships for our children. We don’t want them hearing us gossip about our friends or slandering or arguing with anyone! Listen in as we chat about healthy, Godly friendships and how we can help our children best navigate them.

Mentioned in the Podcast:

Proverbs 18:24

A man who has friends must himself be friendly,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Episode 10: Building Character in Kids

Proverbs 27:6

A man who has friends must himself be friendly,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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