You’ve met a potential friend at one of the hundreds of places you find yourself waiting for your child; sidelines, waiting room, parking lots and hallways. You can just feel that this could be the real thing – a true friend! It can be easy to start the conversation, but how do you go about nurturing the relationship? There are many things to do, but one of the biggest has to do with her little cherubs.
Invest in her children. Learn their favorite shows and foods and attend their ballgames and recitals.
Visit them at their part-time jobs. Hype them up to others.
Be willing to drive them to school or pick them up from practice, and talk with them the whole way.
Take her kids out for ice cream to give your friend some time alone at home. Give them nicknames.
Ask them meaningful questions beyond how is school going. Ask them for advice.
Catch her children doing something good and tell her, and if possible, send pics!
Be willing to babysit her kids and to be the emergency contact at school.
Invest in their fundraisers and mission trips. Be available and accessible to her children.
Encourage your friend in her parenting and marriage. Pray for her kids. Be a safe place.
This is a quick list, there are so many more things you can do, and not in a manipulative way. We all need encouragement and support, and we feel valued when someone else loves our children well.
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