Kids: How to Keep School Friends During the Summer.

With summer vacation right around the corner, will the friendships you have made at school stay or will they disappear when the last school bell rings? 

One of my favorite authors, Dr. Seuss, often talked about the value of friendship and the need to keep friends. He said, "To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world." So how do you keep those friends? 

When summer comes, life gets busy. There are soccer games, baseball games, vacations, swim practice, and hundreds of other activities that take time. There is also the probability that either mom or dad, or both, still have to work, and your summer time is spent with grandparents, aunts, or the dreaded babysitter. Or maybe, you've been enrolled in a week long or month long summer camp. So with all of that going on, is it possible to stay in touch with those valued school friends? 

The short answer is YES, but even short answers need a little motivation and lots of effort. Here is the best way to stay in touch and keep that friendship growing right through the summer.

Talk and share. Notice I didn't say "text"?  Don't get me wrong, a simple text to say "Hi" is fine, but to keep a friendship going, you need to actually talk to each other either in person or on the phone.

There is something that connects emotionally and mentally when you hear a friend's voice. It allows you to share experiences you've had throughout the week, share secrets, share the sadness and the joy, and it helps build a lasting friendship. A text does not carry the same feelings. It's just words, no matter how many exclamation points you include.

Poet Maya Angelou said, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Hearing your voice can make you "feel" that friendship. 

So, while you are having fun this summer, remember your school friends with a visit or a call. It will pay off when school starts again in the Fall. 

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