If you are just following this series of posts on the Power of Relationships, then you may want to go back and read the previous posts starting at September 3. This is a short journey on discovering the power of our many relationships and the different types we may have. We have already went over what are acquaintances and now we are on friends.

A friend is someone you know, like and trusts. A friend is someone who is dependable and a confidant. A friend is someone who will not betray you no matter what the situation may encounter. Now being a teen mom you may have some friends who no longer talk to you. That can be because their parents now see you as a bad influence and have forbidden their child to talk to you. Please don’t take it personal. It’s just parents thinking they are doing what is best for their child. Concentrate on the friends that you do have and let them support you through this life transition. You are also going to need actual mothers who can help you with advice on raising your child and being a good mother.

Your friends should never degrade you no matter how bad you mess up. Friends don’t humiliate one another. Friends don’t set each other up for failure. Friends don’t seek revenge.  Friends don’t back stab one another. Friends don’t lie to each other. Friends don’t use each other for personal gain. Friends don’t continually point out faults without trying to help you better yourself. Friends add value to our lives. Being a good friend is hard work but it’s worth it in the end. People will be jealous of your relationship and try to ruin it. You cannot allow lies and deceit to break up your friendships. Real friends support one another through the good and the bad. Real friends don’t pass judgment. There are a lot more adjectives that describe real friends but I hope you get the picture now and can make an intelligent decision on who are your acquaintances and who are your friends. It’s vital to your emotional stability to learn this early on in life.

Check your inner circle and see who are your real friends. Cherish them and treat them well. Friends are like diamonds. Hard to find and priceless. There are many imitations but only the true ones can shine brightly.