Since today is National Best Friends Day, I thought I’d share a few links and printables to mark the occasion.
One of the biggest benefits to having a big family is having built-in friends. That’s not to say there’s never friction between siblings at our house, but we try to defuse it quickly when it arises.
The rule here has always been, “If you can’t get along with your family, you can’t spend time with your friends.” That has helped a lot. For other tips on building friendships between brothers and sisters, check out this post: 8 Ways to Cultivate Friendship between Siblings
What makes a good friend?
Of course, friendship means different things to different people. To help your children think through what’s most important to them in their friends, try this activity:
If your kids are too young for that, let them color this picture while you talk about friendship aloud:
Discuss what things they should consider when choosing friends (Psalm 1:1 gives some good guidelines, as do many, many verses in the book of Proverbs).
What does the Bible say about friendship?
Here is a word study you can do on related passages — look up the verses and read them together, then summarize each in your own words using the space provided:
While you’re at it, be sure to talk about ways each of you can be a better friend to those God brings across your path. This would be a great time to read and discuss the story of the good Samaritan.
Here’s another nice coloring page about friendship:
Of course, I wouldn’t want Mom to feel left out, so here’s a special, friendship-themed coloring page for her, too:
If you like these printables, you’ll find lots of similar pages and activities in my growing series of devotional journals. At over 200 pages a piece, they are packed with writing prompts, coloring pages, word studies, and lots and lots of Bible verses.
And that’s all I have for you for now. I hope you have a lovely “National Best Friends Day.” I want you to know, I consider my readers my friends and really appreciate your taking time to visit my blog. THANK YOU for doing that!
Why can’t we be friends?
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