“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12
"Studies have shown friendship to have a positive effect on one’s mental and physical health, school performance, and self-esteem. Therefore, teaching your children how to develop friendships is essential to their overall well-being. However, while you may think friendship is something that comes naturally, children need to be taught how to be a good friend and how to nourish their friendships."
For September, our Building Boys, Making Men virtue is “True Friend.” We will spend time learning what it means to be a True Friend during chapel, class meetings, homeroom and other teachable moments that occur daily to help the boys answer the essential question of what it means to be a true friend.
The boys of PDS are developing life-long friendships in front of our eyes. Some of these relationships could last a lifetime. In light of these realities, we aim to teach the boys the biblical basis of why God created friendships and how this gift of true friendship helps us to glorify Him throughout our lives. By using biblical examples in the Old and New Testaments, we hope to build the boys into True Friends.
Below are 7 ways parents can teach their child how to be a good (and true) friend taken from The Edvocate by Matthew Lynch.
As always, thanks for allowing us to partner with you in helping your son grow “in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man.”
1. Model Friendship
First, you must model friendship. The best way for children to learn to be a good friend is to see their parent acting as a good friend.
2. Discuss What Makes a Good Friend
Take time to discuss what makes a good friend with your children.
3. Give Them Opportunities to Socialize
For your children to develop friendships, you must give them opportunities to socialize. Learning to be a good friend takes practice – especially for little ones.
4. Help Them Become Good Listeners
One of the most important qualities of a good friend is the ability to listen well. Teach them to look people in the eye and to allow people to speak before commenting.
5. Teach Them How to Resolve Conflicts
Friendship does not come without conflict; therefore, you must teach your children how to handle conflict respectfully. Children must learn how to stand up for themselves, set boundaries, as well as how to admit when they are wrong and apologize.
6. Read Books About Friendship
Sometimes the best examples of friendship are found in books.
7. Praise Their Positive Friendship Traits
When you see your child being a good friend, praise him or her.
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