An A-Z Guide On How To Make New Friends

Filed under: Resources, Bullying, Development: Toddlers & Preschoolers, Development: Big Kids, Development: Tweens, Social & Emotional Growth: Tweens, Expert Advice: Tweens, Expert Advice: Teens

With a little effort, anyone can make new friends. Credit: jupiterimages



Is your child worried about making new friends over the summer?

Fear not! We found this amazing list -- compiled by friendship experts Jane Balvanz and Blair Wagner -- that can help your child make new friends while practicing the skills necessary to build healthy, long-lasting relationships.

Here goes:

Apologize – Say you're sorry when you mess up.

Balance – Balance your time wisely between friends and responsibilities.

Cool – Cool down your temper by deep breathing or walking away.

Dream – Dream about how you want your friendships to be.

Encourage – Encourage someone when they are feeling down or afraid.

Feel – Feel your emotions instead of stuffing them inside.

Give – Give of yourself. Help someone who could use help.

Humble – Be humble when you are complimented on an accomplishment.

Integrate – When someone wants to join you, integrate them into your group.

Judge – Judge friendships on your own experience, not by someone's opinion.

Kick – Kick a habit that interferes with your friendships.

Laugh – Find someone who makes you laugh. Laughter = friendship magic!

Manage – Manage your commitments and do what you have promised.

Negotiate – Negotiate a compromise in a friendship disagreement.

Oppose – Oppose actions that purposely hurt another.

Praise – Praise someone's accomplishments.

Quit – Quit a friendship that doesn't feel good.

Relate – Find a way to relate to someone who is different than you.

Start – Start a new friendship.

Team – Team up with others to have fun.

Understand – Try to understand an opinion different than yours.

Value – Value others who make you feel good about yourself.

Wonder – Wonder about what makes a good friend.

X – X out the negative attitude. No one loves a grump.

Yield – Yield to your friends now and then to share decision-making.

Zip – Zip your lips when you feel like repeating words that hurt.

Female friendship experts Jane Balvanz and Blair Wagner publish A Way Through, LLC's Guiding Girls ezine. If you're ready to guide girls in grades K – 8 through painful friendships, get your FREE mini audio workshop and ongoing tips now at www.AWayThrough.com

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.