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Dear Parent,

I hope you were able to check out our Online Parenting Class video on Friendship Drama?

I sure hope you found some encouragement in this area.

Today, we are going to continue discussing this topic of Friendship Drama. Just as when you were a teenager, kids today experience the pain of drama in friendships. However, one key difference is that teens can no longer leave friendship drama at school. With the Internet and social media, no one is untouchable. Teens are unguarded with their words; there is no hiding. The drama is very real, it is public, it is intense and it is far-reaching…right into your own home.

There is a great truth from the book of Proverbs that you can teach your teenager to help them navigate teenager drama.

Proverbs 13:20 says, Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

This simple verse written by King David communicates great wisdom for today’s teen: You become like those who you hang around.

When talking with your teen about hurts that arise because of friendship drama, communicate this important truth: hanging out with folks who constantly cause trouble will result in more trouble. Encourage your teen this week to be very picky about whom they allow into their closest circle. This does not mean to ignore everyone else that doesn’t pass this “wisdom test” that David wrote about.

It means reserving their closest friendships for wise and like-minded people.
And ultimately, it means reserving that “best friend” spot for the One who is “closer than a brother”
(Prov. 18:24)

Only Jesus offers true, pure friendship without drama!

We’ll see you in next month’s Online Parenting Tips. This has meant to be a resource that encourages you and helps you. Please remember that our ministry cares about your family, and we love serving you!

Walking with you,

Pastor Mark

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