Putting Best Friend Privileges on Acquaintance Relationships

“I’M her best friend, not that other girl! How could she do this to me?” If you have an elementary-aged, pre-teen, or teen daughter, chances are you’ve dealt with jealousy or envy issues.  

Oftentimes, when feelings of jealousy surface it’s because our girl has put best friend privileges on an acquaintance relationship—that imbalance produces tension. Start by hearing your girl’s heart, because, the truth is, even adults have a hard time calming jealous fears of abandonment. Then with a hug and unbroken eye contact, affirm her soul, secure and loved by God the Father and by you. 

Encourage your girl to offer her friend some liberty to connect with other friends. After all, any relationship that can’t breathe won’t survive. Who knows, the girls might develop a lifelong friendship as a group! 

Listen to the Raising Godly Girls Minute with Patti Garibay:


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American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for young women that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement. AHG is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.