Friendships are important to a teens development. As parents we want our children to be happy and healthy, so talking to our children about healthy friendships will lay an important foundation in their development.

Michigan State University Extension offers some great tips and advice on positive friendships for teens.

In their article, Helping Teens Develop Positive Friendships, they discuss characteristics of healthy relationships and destructive relationships as well as what teens learn in their friendships and relationships. 

For example, a healthy relationship is a two way street:
  • where both parties care about each other and 
  • communicate openly and honestly. 

A destructive relationship can be based in:

  • negative attitudes,
  • dishonesty, and 
  • manipulation.

Click here to read the full article, and also check out their Building Strong Adolescents program.

Want to learn more about the programs and services we offer at Southfield Youth Assistance? Click here.

Happy International Friendship Day!