Friendship and New Beginnings

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As we come back from summer vacation we are pressed with the hard reality that we must return to life as it once was before the pandemic. This reality is filled with early mornings as we rush to pack our lunch and head out the door to ensure we are not late for class. The days of distance learning and classes on zoom will soon become a faint memory. It's important to highlight the anxiety this brings to many of our students and families as they have already adjusted to life on the screen. Many of our students have never set foot on campus or had the opportunity to make new friends in person. Coming back to school after a pandemic can leave many of us with worries and insecurities but rest assured we will continue to be united and get through this together.

One of the things we all crave is human connection and the opportunity to create long lasting friendships. The pandemic brought a lot of isolation and we were forced to find company within ourselves. Many of us turned to friends, family and loved ones during this challenging time. Each year we celebrate Friendship Day which is an event that takes place on the first Sunday in August. Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. Making friends is a vital part of growing up and an important part of a child's social and emotional development. Friendships help kids build self-esteem and confidence. Likewise, healthy friendships also teach important life skills, such as how to collaborate with others. Healthy friendships also can be empowering for kids, providing a sense of belonging and identity. However, some children struggle socially and have trouble making friends especially after returning to school from a pandemic.

Have a look at some of our ideas to help you start building new friendships at school:

  • Use conversation starters to get chatting.
    • What did you do this summer?
    • What kind of hobbies are you interested in?
  • Introduce yourself to new people whenever possible.
  • Join a group conversation to introduce yourself to several people at once.
  • Spend time with your friend's friends.
  • Speak to someone who is on their own.
  • Compliment someone if you need a way to break the ice.
  • Ask open questions.
  • Join clubs/sports.
  • Look for people who have the same hobbies as you.
  • Spend time around people who show kindness.
  • Avoid shutting yourself off from others, even if you feel lonely.
  • Attend social events like dances and sporting events.

For more information about friendship day, visit the following websites:

https://www.wikihow.com/Make-New-Friends-at-School

https://www.uopeople.edu/blog/how-to-make-new-friends-at-school/

https://delphiboston.org/top-tips-on-how-to-make-friends-at-a-new-school/

https://www.parentingscience.com/kids-make-friends.html

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