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Teaching kids about being a good friend is one of the best life skills you can give them. I’m sharing 10 Things to Teach Your Kids about Friendship in this post.
Recently, I reconnected with a friend that I hadn’t seen in over 22 years. Crazy, right?!?
In our defense, Karina was a foreign exchange student from Denmark and after high school we just lost touch.
Fast forward a whole bunch of years and, thanks to Facebook, we managed to reconnect. This past summer, she came back to the States for a visit. And, she’s visited 2 more times since then. (We had a LOT of catching up to do.)
The funny thing was, even though decades had gone by since we had last seen each other, our friendship picked up right where it left off. It was like we didn’t even miss a day.
(This is a photo of Karina, my brother and myself during one of her recent visits. )
That’s the beauty of a true friendship. Even when life gets in the way, you know your friend is there for you. You can call them any time of any day, and they will be there for you (even if it’s not in person).
One of my best memories with Karina took place right around this time of the year. The funny thing is, I can remember every single thing about this day (22 years ago!) but I can’t remember what I did last week.
Yet, I digress…back to the story…
Karina wanted to make American Easter baskets to send to her family in Denmark.
We went out and purchased almost $40 worth of Easter candy and treats! When we got home that afternoon, it was raining and cold. So we broke out a board game to pass the time.
Well, one thing led to another and before you know it, we had eaten nearly $40 worth of Easter candy.
Thank heavens we had 16 year old metabolisms back then!
Today, we can’t indulge like that. But, that doesn’t mean we don’t treat ourselves.
I recently discovered these DOVE® Fruit chocolate snacks.
They are whole fruit (cherries, blueberries, and cranberries) dipped in dark chocolate. They’re just the right combination of tart fruit and silky smooth DOVE® Dark Chocolate.
I found them in the candy aisle at my local Walmart.
DOVE® Fruit chocolate snacks are a better-for-you indulgence that we can enjoy. You can get more great DOVE® Fruit recipe ideas on the DOVE® Fruit social hub. And, you can also download a coupon to save on your DOVE® purchase.
Sometimes, it doesn’t take a big gesture to be a good friend. It can be the little things that mean the most. I’ve compiled a list of 10 things you can do to encourage your kids to be good friends.
10 Things to Teach Your Kids about Being a Good Friend
1. Teach them to celebrate each other’s accomplishments.
Whether it’s a a good test grade or scoring a goal in soccer teach your children to celebrate your friend’s achievement.
2. Teach them to be there in during times of need.
It’s not always going to be gumdrops and roses. Teach your children to listen and support their friends. Good friends go through everything together and sometimes it’s the bumpiest roads that bring two people closer together.
3. Teach them to tell them the truth, no matter how hard it may seem.
The truth can hurt, but if a friend can’t give it to you straight then who can?! Teach your children to always tell their friends the truth about their feelings (in a loving way of course!).
4. Teach them to go the extra mile to help them out.
Teach your children to always be there if a friend needs help. Whether it’s finishing a chore so they can ride their bikes or helping them understand math homework, a good friend is there to lend a helping hand.
5. Teach them to show them how much they value their friendship.
Whether it’s a silly text or an unexpected treat, teach your children the importance of small gestures. (I’m going to be sending these DOVE® Fruit chocolate snacks to all of my girlfriends to let them know I’m think about about them. )
6. Teach your children to accept the gaps.
You don’t have to be in contact 24/7 to be BFFs. Children need to understand that even though they may not talk to their friends for a day or two, they are still friends. My son doesn’t see his best friend all the time. They don’t go to the same school or play sports together, but when they do get together, it’s like time stood still.
7. Teach them not to let their ego get in the way.
Beware of the big green monster. Jealousy can ruin the best of friendships. Instead, refer to tip #1 and if something is truly bothering them, refer to tip #3.
8. Teach them to be trustworthy.
There is nothing worse than friend you can’t trust.
9. Teach them to stand by them, despite their choices.
There may be times when friends makes a choice we don’t agree with. This is a time when you need to try to understand why they made that choice and be there to support them, no matter the outcome.
10. Teach them to keep in touch and don’t let time and life get in the way.
Time can steal so many things…don’t let your cherished friendships be one of them.