Parents are the models for our children in all aspects of life including the realm of relationships. Being intentional is necessary more so than in the past. Friendships are different because of changes in society. The Internet, work hours, social media, transient culture, and our “can-do” attitude isolate us.
The benefits of friendship are many. Why? Because friends…
- encourage healthy behaviors.
- boosts self-esteem.
- celebrate happy times.
- help face adverse life events.
- offer support.
- assist in coping with stress.
- provide social connections (peace, relaxation).
- keep us healthy with fewer cardiovascular, immune, and stress related health issues.
Take a few minutes to consider these five questions:
- How will I be intentional in building new relationships with the parents of my child’s friends?
- What are the qualities I like in a friend?
- What personal characteristics make me a good friend to others?
- How do I intend to connect with others at school, church, in the neighborhood, and community?
- How can I be more inviting to new parents in my child’s school or the neighborhood?
Being intentional, thinking of specific ways to connect with parents of similar interests and life circumstances is helpful. And faith-filled friendships add love, support, and encouragement in the parenting journey.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.