February 24, 2018

Teenage Friendship Advice

Teenage Friendship AdviceBeing a teenager is hard enough. Then add the primal drive for friendships and social involvement, you have an imminent need for teenage friendship advice. Mostly because the drive can be beyond reason and TV has totally distorted reality of friendships. In fact, they have made popular (and rich too!) the pinnacle of success.

Now I know there is nothing new under the sun and teens friendships are no exception. However, the whole mean girl thing has gotten way too much air time. See what celebrities themselves think of this:

Mean girls? Please, celebrity rivalries are so 2005.

Hollywood’s new batch of young stars are nothing but nice, and get this — they aren’t even frenemies, they are real friends. For more information.

As girls seem to have the corner marketed on this, don’t be so sure. Boys, with the whole jocks and nerds thing, is getting its fair share of  publicity. So let’s take the popular, sports, etc. variable out of it. First and foremost, be yourself. And don’t let anyone put you down for who you are. Then here’s some sound, basic teenage friendship advice.

Teenage Friendship Advice

The term “frenemy” exists for a reason. Wikipedia states, “is a portmanteau of “friend” and “enemy” that can refer to either an enemy disguised as a friend or someone who’s both a friend and a rival.” I like Urban Dictionary’s definition better: “The type of “friend” whose words or actions bring you down (whether you realize it as intentional or not)…the person that will continue to bring you down until you demand better for yourself.”

While we can’t expect perfection from our friends, we also have to demand to be treated with kindness and respect. Friends should give us the benefit of the doubt instead of assuming the worst. They should make our joys higher and our lows easier. While they should push us to achieve more, they aren’t judgmental or mean-spirited. They tease without needling our weakest spots—which they are well aware of—but they also are quick to build us up and defend us. Read full article.

Friendships twist and turn, go up and go down, go through blind dark alleys, and blinding bright adventures. This is all the way it is and is suppose to be. It is not just you! I think there is a shift happening as referred to in the article above. Mean girls are out and nerdy friends are in!

Lastly, if you have a few minutes, enjoy this great video by Josh. He’s heavy good into all things teen. In normal speak, he has some great teenage friendship advice.





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Julie is an awesome parent (along with her husband Matt) to five adopted kiddos and the owner of the Parenting Allies website.

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