Getting Kids Connected in Their New Community
You and your family have just moved to a new community. Your kids left all their friends behind, and now they are feeling sad and lonely. What can you do to help your kids find new friends in their new community?
- 1. Host a neighborhood or block party. Make sure your kids get to meet all the other kids in your new neighborhood.
- 2. Enroll your kids in school. Classmates are an excellent source of potential friends.
- 3. Sign your kids up for in-school activities. Sports, music, and other school activities reinforce your kids’ friendship-making opportunities.
- 4. Take treats to school for a break-time “party”: treats are a great way to foster youth friendship.
- 5. Sign your kids up for community activities. Dance classes at a local studio, karate lessons downtown, and swimming lessons at the YMCA/YWCA are wonderful ways to make new friends. Get your kids involved in a young reader program at the public library. You and your kids can volunteer time for a worthy local non-profit organization.
- 6. Join a church, synagogue, or other religious group. Most faith-based organizations are family-oriented and provide a variety of networking opportunities for family members of all ages.
- 7. Join other family-oriented groups or organizations in your new community. Arts centers, museums, community gardens, and other groups or organizations often offer excellent networking opportunities for adult and child alike.
Each community has its own unique organizations and ways to connect with others. To know what is available in your community, the Internet and telephone book can provide you with listings of available networking opportunities. Speak with a trusted co-worker in your new locale, a minister in your new church, or other resource familiar with your new community to determine which of these networking opportunities may be right for your family.
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