10/14 • Real Friends • 1 • Parent Cue

HELPFUL TIPS TO DO THIS WEEK:
MORNING TIME
Leave your teenager a note where they will see it as they get ready in the morning—on their backpack, on their mirror, or with their car keys. Remind them that no matter how things are going in their life or in their friendships at the moment, you’ll always be there for them!

MEAL TIME
Is there a new friend your student has been talking about recently or a name you don’t recognize? Ask them to invite them over. Don’t “grill” your kid’s friend with a bunch of questions—just spend time around them. You can learn a lot just by being in the same vicinity as your kid’s friends, and your kid will appreciate you not treating dinner like a job interview.

THEIR TIME
Do you know what your teenager and their friends like to do when they hang out? If not, ask them! Maybe they love watching movies. Or maybe they love playing video games or giving each other makeovers Whatever it is, think of one thing you can do for your teenager and their friends the next time they’re hanging out—like paying for the movie rental or making them some popcorn. And do it “just because”—no agenda!

BED TIME
Before your teenager heads to bed, ask them how you can be praying for them or even their friends this week—maybe for a big test or even a friendship that isn’t going well right now. If they don’t have anything to share, don’t force conversation. Just letting your teen know that you’re thinking about them can be the win here!
Think About This
In this phase, having good friends is incredibly important to teenagers. But finding real friendships is incredibly tricky (even as adults!). Often students don’t realize that having great friends is just as much about becoming as it is about finding. That’s why this week we’re encouraging students to take the steps toward friendship like Jesus and look to be the friend they are looking for.

Lesson Info
Scripture: John 13:4-5,13
Main Point: Be The Friend You Want To Have

HELPFUL TIPS TO DO THIS WEEK:
MORNING TIME
Leave your teenager a note where they will see it as they get ready in the morning—on their backpack, on their mirror, or with their car keys. Remind them that no matter how things are going in their life or in their friendships at the moment, you’ll always be there for them!

MEAL TIME
Is there a new friend your student has been talking about recently or a name you don’t recognize? Ask them to invite them over. Don’t “grill” your kid’s friend with a bunch of questions—just spend time around them. You can learn a lot just by being in the same vicinity as your kid’s friends, and your kid will appreciate you not treating dinner like a job interview.

THEIR TIME
Do you know what your teenager and their friends like to do when they hang out? If not, ask them! Maybe they love watching movies. Or maybe they love playing video games or giving each other makeovers Whatever it is, think of one thing you can do for your teenager and their friends the next time they’re hanging out—like paying for the movie rental or making them some popcorn. And do it “just because”—no agenda!

BED TIME
Before your teenager heads to bed, ask them how you can be praying for them or even their friends this week—maybe for a big test or even a friendship that isn’t going well right now. If they don’t have anything to share, don’t force conversation. Just letting your teen know that you’re thinking about them can be the win here!

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