Helping Teens Nurture and Maintain Friends
Part 2 of my three part series on helping your teen make and maintain friends.
During adolescence teens are a whirlwind of indecision, impulsivity, emotions and strange trends.
They are overwhelmed with many new experiences offering them the chance to learn about themselves through making mistakes, taking chances and sometimes doing the right thing.
Their friends come and go quickly; it’s like a revolving door of best friends. This is normal, they are learning about forming, nurturing and maintaining relationships.
They do need to learn what it means to be a good friend and what to expect from a good friend.
A few things adults and parents of teens can do to help them nurture and maintain their friendships are:
1. Define what it means to be a good friend.
2. Talk about and model empathy.
3. Teach and model health boundaries.
Next week, part 3 will cover Letting Go of a Bad Friend.