Sep 23, 2010

How can a child make friends in a new place?

I am asking for advice.  We will be moving to a different part of the country within the next year.  My son is 11 and in 6th grade.  What advice do you have to help him make new friends?  I have thought about having a party when we move into the new area.  He will also be involved in sports and scouts, so he will get to know people that way.  I know he will make friends eventually, but it would be so wonderful if he had a couple of acquaintances at school right off.

Have you ever moved and had a wonderful idea to help your child(ren) meet new friends?  If so, I would love to hear what you did.


  1. Hi, I'm dovie from OLS but most other places go by dddiva (or Sherry- yes I do have a real name ;) ) My girls have moved A LOT- the 3 older never went to the same school 2 years in a row til we moved here and their best tips are: smile and be nice to everyone, if it is during a break that you move, scope out the local parks and hangouts before school starts back up, always say hello- that's it, you don't have to have any elaborate speeches or share your life story on initial meeting- especially if you see another kid your age who seems to be alone or lonely, and last but not least have an interesting book or handheld game that you are into so there is something for them to comment on and discuss.
    They seem so simple, but according to the girls, if you try too hard, it's harder to fit in.

  2. ddiva, thanks for the information. I am nervous about putting my son into a new atmosphere where he won't know anyone!

    I have also read your blog and like your outlook on life!