making new friends

There is something about school friendships. When you think of your school friends even though you have lost touch with them, it invokes fond memories. You walk down memory lane reminiscing your bond with them. Wouldn’t you wish the same for your children?

School friendships are necessary for your children to have a sense of belonging away from home. It also helps them develop social skills and build self-esteem. Your children may struggle to forge friendships if they have started school, switched to another school or are introvert by nature.

Follow these tips to guide your children to make friends in school:

Conversation Starters

Tell your children to initiate conversations with classmates without feeling shy or fearing others being judgemental. A few topics for conversation starters are:

  • What is your favourite hobby/cartoon/television show/music band/book?
  • Who are there in your family?
  • Where do you like to eat at restaurants?
  • Can I tell you a joke?
  • Can I ask you a riddle?

Exchange of Phone Numbers

Your children can request a few of their classmates to share the contact numbers of their parents. They can then call or text their classmates to discuss classwork, homework, projects, etc.

Meal Sharing

You can pack extra sandwiches, snacks, cupcakes, fruits or any other food in your children’s school tiffin box. Your children can invite their classmates to share the meals and gradually develop a friendship.

Play Dates and Birthday Parties

Invite your children’s classmates for play dates and birthday parties at home. You can invite their parents too so children to feel secure around new people. An informal gathering will help your children open up more and make friends easily.

Participation in School Activities

Encourage your children to participate in school activities such as annual concerts, sports day or group projects. Such activities are a great way to make new friends!

Request to School Teacher

If your children hesitate or find it difficult to be friends despite trying all the tips mentioned above, you can request the school teacher for intervention. The teacher can find better opportunities in the classroom to help your children make new friends.

Have you ever faced this parenting issue? What did you do? Please share your tips here!

About Prabha Kulkarni

Prabha is a retired teacher, who enjoys writing on various topics. Most of her current writing is currently influenced by her young grand-daughters, as she grapples with the differences in the world they will grow up in, and the one in which she spent the best years of her life. Prabha is also a proud technophile who plans to start her blog soon.

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