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What makes a good friend?
This is something I’ve been discussing a lot lately with my 12-year-old twin daughters, Taylor and Kendall, as I help them navigate the ever-changing landscape of teen friendships.
Since starting middle school , my girls seem to have a “best friend” of the week. While I think it’s terrific to make new friends, I want to make sure they aren’t ditching their old pals. “How would you feel if you were her?” I asked when they suddenly stopped being friends with a girl they’d been close with for years. I cannot tell them who to be friends with, but I can teach them to be sensitive to the feelings of others.
And then there’s the flip side - comforting your child when a friend turns on her.
8. Remind your child that that you are always there to lend an ear .
To me, a good friend is someone you can always count on. Someone who is there in the good times and bad. A true friend loves you for who you are and does not change how she feels based on what other people think.
Wishing you and your children shiploads of healthy friendships,
Senior Vice President & Director of Field Operations at The Partnership at Drugfree.org
Mother of Taylor (12) and Kendall (12)
P.S. Having great friends and colleagues is one of many reasons why I love my job at The Partnership at Drugfree.org. I even made a video about it!