Our best friends should be the members of our family. Relationship skills not only deals with how to be a good friend, but how to be a good brother/sister, mother/father, wife/husband, daughter/son, grandson/granddaughter, etc.
If our children feel friendship within the family, with each other, and with parents, they will not be desperate for acceptance outside the family. I think no finer compliment can be paid to parents than to have children say that their parents are among their best friends.
“Create meaningful family bonds that give your children an identity stronger than what they can find with their peer group or at school or anyplace else. This can be done through family traditions for birthdays, for holidays, for dinnertime, and for Sundays.”
(‘What Matters Most Is What Lasts Longest’, M. Russell Ballard)
Therefore, strengthen your brethren in ALL your conversation, in ALL your prayers, in ALL your exhortations, and in ALL your doings (D&C 108:7)
“None of us need one more person… pointing out where we have failed or fallen short… what each of use does need is family… who believe in us, and who believe we’re trying to do the best we can.” Marvin J. Ashton