Raising Siblings to Be Best Friends

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Raising Siblings to Be Best Friends

When I first began homeschooling with Heart of Dakota, I made a list of reasons why I wanted to homeschool. I have referred to that list often this past 17 years of homeschooling! Especially if I am having a tougher day, I go back to that list and find inspiration to press on.  One thing I listed was that I wanted our sons to be each other’s best friends. I consider my siblings to be my best friends, and I credit that to my parents. They raised us in a country home that was miles from town and friends. We three girls often only had each other as playmates and confidants, and we became so close. Still today, we sisters consider each other as best friends! As we raise our own sons, I see them becoming best friends as well – what a blessing!

Siblings As Best Friends As They Mature

My oldest son is now in college. However, we are still blessed to have him living with us, as he is doing an online business finance degree at Liberty University.  Like most 20 year-olds, he is crazy busy!  Playing basketball, attending Bible studies, homeschool dances, college/career Sunday School classes, coffee shop board games, church, work, etc., keeps him busy.  However, we still are thrilled Wyatt is home most mornings and early afternoons. When Wyatt began college, I knew we were in a new chapter of life. Wyatt works on college independently, and I don’t manage his time. However, he still wanted to have a mid-morning break from work to meet with his siblings. Even though he has matured into a young man, he considers his younger brothers as best friends worthy of his time, which I love!

A Boys-Only Club Meeting

Just today, I snapped a picture of our sons having their “Boys-Only Club Meeting.” I had to be quick!  I’m not allowed to attend. Neither is my husband, though they make an exception if something must be decided. This sibling private get-together started when Wyatt started college. At about 11 AM every school day, Emmett makes homemade hot cocoa for himself and his siblings. He jazzes the cocoa up with different kinds of creamers, marshmallows, sprinkles, or whipped cream. Then, he grandly announces that is it time for the ‘private delegation to meet.’ Behind closed doors, the three siblings meet, make plans, and laugh together. I’ve attempted a few times to come in with a note that say ‘Julie Grosz has hereby been granted permission to attend the private delegation today.’ However, I’m quickly ushered out by ‘security.’ Too funny! I love it!

Successfully raising siblings to be best friends means they must have time to be together!

I’d say we are successfully raising our sons to be each other’s best friends!  Hooray! One thing I can happily check off the list.  Growing lasting friendships like this takes time though. In the hustle and bustle of life, we have to make sure we really do set aside time for them to just be together. I have to be okay stepping out of the room and letting them enjoy time alone. Like all of you, I have more than enough things to get done anyway. I don’t mind one bit when our sons meet for their “Boys-Only Club Meeting.” In fact, I’ve rather grown to love it! Oh, there will always be occasional squabbling or less-than-perfect behavior, but after all, if you can’t be yourself with your best friends, who can you be?!? I hope, given time, your children can find their way to becoming each other’s best friends too!

In Christ,

Julie

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Author: Julie Grosz, M.Ed.

Some passions of mine are homeschooling with Heart of Dakota, cooking with All Recipes, reading Jane Austen in a bubble bath, singing along with lyrics that strike a chord, making family traditions, creating organization out of disorganization, and writing words - in emails, posts, and books - that glorify God. I'm a teacher and an editor by trade. Here's a quick rundown of my numbers... 24 years of teaching (7 public school, 17 homeschool), 6 years of college (4 undergrad, 2 graduate for my masters in education), 18 years of working for HOD, 48 years old, 25 years of marriage, 3 sons who are 20, 17, and 13 - and I believe that should about 'sum' it up! You can view my blog here - https://my3sons-julie.blogspot.com/

4 thoughts on “Raising Siblings to Be Best Friends”

    1. Thanks, Janelle! It IS such a blessing! We have made time for our sons to be together, and we have encouraged them to think of each other as lifelong, best friends, to look out for each other even in settings outside the home, to always ‘have each other’s back’. They have embraced it, and we are so happy to see them continuing it more on their own (especially our oldest 2) even into their upper high school and college years. Yes, truly a blessing! Thank you for your response here!

  1. This is beautiful! I am a public school teacher, currently in my 10th year. God laid a desire on my heart several years ago to homeschool our two children. At the time, I thought I was crazy, because there was just no way it could happen. I prayed on it, and begged God that if it were His will to make it happen, and if not, to take the desire away from me. A few short years later, and I’ve officially resigned as a teacher effective at the end of this school year, and planning to homeschool our 6yo daughter and 3yo son. God brought that desire to fruition. The topic in your post is one of the things I would love to see happen as a result of homeschooling. Thank you!

    1. Isn’t God amazing?!? Truly nothing is impossible with God! Carley, your story is my story and Carrie’s story too – not sure if you knew that or not! I too was a public school teacher for 7 years when God worked all things together to make it possible for me to come home to homeschool. Carrie taught for 11 years prior to homeschooling as well. What a blessing awaits you and your little ones! This homeschool journey has been the best thing for our family! It has made our three sons lifelong best friends, as well as a whole host of other special things. I hope you and your children enjoy homeschooling with HOD as much as we have – and still are – God bless!

      In Christ,
      Julie

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