I have a friend who’s having a really hard time right now. Money is tight and her kids are having their own teenage trials. I know she’s struggling. I want to be supportive and help out, but I don’t know what would be the most beneficial. I live far away, so it isn’t like I can drop by for tea. Any ideas on how I can support my friend as she’s going through these tough times?
What a lovely friend you are. This is a sticky problem. When my friends go through tough times what I want to do is solve all their problems for them, and maybe take my shovel to the back of a husband’s head. But unfortunately it isn’t that easy to solve other people’s problems, heck, I can’t even solve my own.
The best you can do is to listen to your friends troubles and try not to judge her when she doesn’t handle things the way you may. It sometimes takes a long time for people to get their lives back on track and having a non-judgemental friend you can bitch to is very helpful for relieving tension. At least it works for me.
You sound like a lovely friend, I’m sure you wouldn’t judge anyone based on how screwed up their life is! Keep in contact with your friend. I’m sure she would appreciate that very much.
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