One of the critical life skills topics we cover in Life’s Top 10 is Friends.  

Here, our Key Theme is that “Our friends rub off on us.”

 This can be for better or for worse,  & the stains can be permanent.  So choose your friends wisely!

Good friends:

  • Care about each other not just that:
    • We’re good at a sport
    • Have nice things
    • Are popular, or fun to hang out with
    • But instead truly care for each other & our well-being
  • Listen to each other
  • Help each other solve problems
  • Don’t hurt each other
  • Comfort each other
  • Can depend on each other when they need something


Choosing friends is a very important decision throughout our life, but especially now for you boys, because:

Friends have an incredible influence on us & how we feel about ourselves & others.Sometimes just being with the wrong friends can change our life forever

My friend told me about a high school football star who went to a nearby school…he was destined to be one of the best quarterbacks the state had ever produced and had a great chance of playing in the NFL. After a game one Friday night, he went to a party with some of his friends…some of them were drinking beer, including the driver of the car he rode home in…unfortunately, they never made it home. The driver crashed the car and the quarterback went through the windshield and nearly died. His life hung in the balance for nearly a week, but he survived. However, he had sustained permanent brain damage in the crash and was never able to play football again. In fact, his injuries were so extensive that he ended up working as a bagging clerk at a grocery store for the past 20 years.

Remember, our friends rub off on us…for better or for worse…and the stains can be permanent.

About Life’s Top 10

We hope you found this article helpful – it is part of the Life’s Top 10 set of resources to help fathers & sons successfully navigate life.  Life’s Top 10 offers online life-skills sessions that fathers & their middle & high school sons do together!  There are 10 life-changing sessions that cover the 10 most important topics in life!  All sessions are available 24/7 online (via web & or smartphone) & are designed for dads & sons to go through together, either on your own as father & son, or as part of a small or large group (each monthly session lasts 1-1.5 hours).  Regardless of which option you choose, no prep work is required!  Participating with a small group of fathers with similar-aged sons adds an additional benefit of sharing this life-changing experience with friends. The user-friendly website makes everything easy (even hosting a small or large group is simple), with powerful videosworkbook, & life-skills activities that make it fun & easy to go through the program.  We hope that you will join us for the adventure of a lifetime!  Click here to learn more!

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