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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Friendships - How Many Does One Need to be Happy?

How many friends is enough for our children #parenting by A Slice of Homeschool Pie.com
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Lately, I've been thinking a lot about friendship.  I believe God designed us with the desire to be with other people not just for our own well-being, but for the well-being of others as well, so that we may serve each other. 

Since childhood, I have always been happy to have just a few select friends.  Many times I only had one close friend at a time.  To this day, I can count my closest friends on one hand.  However, I need more than two hands to count all of the people who touch my life in some way, whether it's through an encouraging post, a friendly smile, or their sharing a couple of hours of their time with me.

As a homeschool parent I have wondered at times if my children have enough friends.  I have even found myself (once or twice) comparing the amount of friends public schooled children have compared to those my children have, and have asked myself, "Should I be concerned that my son(s) doesn't have 'X' amount of friends?" (You fill in the "X" because I know that most parents {homeschooler or not} have asked themselves this question at one point in their children's lives.)  I'm curious, what should that "X" number be?  In fact, why even be concerned about a number?


I don't believe that you need to have a significant amount of friends to be happy.  Sometimes just having that one special friend, whose character is one that makes Christ and your child smile, is great.  I also believe that through prayer God will bring just the right amount of friends into a child's life (and yours). God fills in the "X" in your child's life.  In the end, it's not the amount of friends a person has that matters, it's the quality that does. 

Just my thoughts....please share yours.




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1 comment:

  1. rhenyestheyareallmineSeptember 1, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    I have never been one to put emphasis on the number of friends my children have. I, personally, am a social butterfly and have many people I call friends, but I have only a handful I would call close friends. We make sure to give our children have many opportunities to meet new people, fellowship with friends, and develop deep friendships. Some of the kids have a whole list of friends, while others are very selective.
    I agree with you, God definitely fills in the "x" with just the right people. :)

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