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I never really stressed about friendships until I got older, maybe it’s because I have always been a bit of a loaner and it took having kids and the desperation that comes with motherhood for me to reach out to other moms. There is something really special about having a friend who truly gets you, a friend who you can tell anything and everything knowing you will get advice or comfort back but not judgement. That is what I wish for my girls, true and lasting friends and while I know they have that in each other, one of the many benefits of having all girls close in age, it is good to have other friends too. Two of my three girls who are school aged have found their group of friends but the third is still looking and I worry about her, about the fact that she has not found a true kindred spirit to bond with in anyone else yet. For now she has her sisters and that bond is deep and strong and wonderful to watch. Listening to my girls giggle together in a conspiratorial way melts my heart, it really is amazing.
Now that three of my girls are in school together I love hearing tales of the bigger sisters looking out for the younger ones on the playground and how they play together. It’s so great to see the special friendship bond they have as sisters in action outside of the home. This Thanksgiving not only am I thankful for family but I am also thankful for friends, in fact I think we will host a Friendsgiving so my girls can celebrate the great friends they do have. To get us in the mood for friendsgiving we will be enjoying some of our favorite tales of friendship. Right now the little girls are loving Veggie Tales and the dynamic duo of Bob and Larry. Fox and the Hound 2 is another great tale of friendship as is Clifford, all great shows you can stream on your devices thanks to Netflix.
Teaching kids to love others and value friendship from a young age is crucial. My almost 3 year old is just starting to understand friends and what friendship means and it is adorable. She loves to walk around listing all of her friends, my favorite is when she lists her cousins.