Summer is in full swing and even if your daughter is participating in sports camps, or other activities there can still be a lot of free time. And if making friends is something that she struggles with, going to these activities can be just as anxiety provoking as the first day of school. Girls need social interaction and can find it hard to know how to get started with expanding their circle of friends.
6 Strategies To Expand A Circle Of Friends
Community Involvement: Finding a common passion with other girls can be a terrific experience. It also gives the opportunity to meet kids of different ages including older girls who might become a mentor, as your daughter gets older. Not sure where to start? Volunteer Match is a great resource for finding local places to get involved.
Get Active: Finding a group who has exercise as a focus is a fantastic way to build confidence and help your daughter learn how to use exercise to reduce stress and feel great. Girls on the Run helps girls learn to set goals and how to achieve results. This life skill will serve your daughter well in the future.
Library Programs: If your daughter likes to read there are summer programs at the local library that encourage reading a specific number of books and celebrating with other kids at the end of the program. Check into your local library for their summer reading lists.
Skill Building: Is there something that your daughter has felt she wanted to learn how to do but wasn’t sure she could do it? Find a program with a beginning class at local community colleges or park districts and encourage her to try it out. She will feel confident going into the new school year.
Learn a foreign language: Many schools offer foreign languages as a requirement however the offering can be limited to 2 or 3 languages. Langokids is one resource offering foreign language programs.
Online Communities: Girls find they share common interests in following blogs for example, authors and singers online. Chances are your daughter may already be on Instagram or Tumblr. Take this opportunity to talk about Internet safety and to never give her age, location or share photos with anyone she doesn’t know. These communities can be groups of virtual pen pals and as long as there is monitoring the outcome can be very enriching.
Personal Experience With Internet Friends
My oldest daughter has met incredible girlfriends online however it has been in a very safe environment with a shared love-Harry Potter. Our family had the pleasure of hosting one of her friends from Australia whom she met through a common love of Harry Potter. Finding friends from around the world has been incredibly enriching. Staying closely connected as a parent ensures safety and gives the opportunity for personal growth not just for your daughter but also for the entire family.
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