Video: Maintaining Friendships Throughout Years

I’m participating in the Say it Face to Face web conversation. In essence, someone asks a question and we respond to those questions via video.

The below video is my response to the question: “How do you maintain your childrens’ friendships through different school phases?”

Do you remember losing touch with good friends throughout your school years? I remember having one best friend in middle school and then totally losing track of her in high school. Mainly because she started hanging out with, er, the “tough” kids and I didn’t want any part of it.

I had a few best friends throughout high school, mainly through the drama department, but the one friend I was the closest to I pushed away. And that was entirely my fault – I was jealous of her and the attention she got from the boys.

I regret that now.

I’ve seen friendships come and go with my boys. For the most part, we’ve been pretty comfortable with the boys’ friends, though there are a few that I cringe every time it’s suggested they get together, simply because I either A. don’t trust them, or B. I’m not exactly sure they are a positive influence on my boys. But I’ve never gotten to the point where I’ve vetoed the friendships simply because they seem to be fizzling out on their own.

Tell me, how successful have you been in maintaining your school friendships? How successful have your children been?