the quality of being loyal to someone or something a strong feeling of support or allegiance
Friendship isn't about who you've known the longest. It's about who has walked into your life and said, “I'm here for you,” and proved it.
For the Parent::Battle Cry
Longevity and loyalty are two very different things. Longevity & loyalty are two very different things. While both are based on time, one is merely based on the calendar, while the other is forged through a series of key moments in the lives of two or more people. Never mistake someone you’ve known for a long time for a loyal friend. While longevity helps build loyalty, it does not guarantee it. Longevity is circumstantial; loyalty is intentional. Longevity is circumstantial; loyalty is intentional.
For your Son::Call to Arms
Ask this question: Which of your friends have you known the longest? Who are your best friends?
Sometimes they are the same people; sometimes they aren’t. You know who loves you by how they treat you. You know who loves you by how they treat you. Your real friends treat you with respect, are kind, and stand by you whenever you need them. Your real friends treat you with respect, are kind, and stand by you whenever you need them. This doesn’t mean you don’t have fun or laugh at each other, but when you absolutely need them, your real friends will be there.
Make a “friend profile” of your son’s friends. Have him write down their names, what they have in common, some nice things they have done or said, times when they may have helped, etc. Help your son see who treats him well—who is a good friend. Then plan an activity with the parents of those friends to get them all together for something fun.