Making Friends

Strategies for Making and Maintaining Friendships

Friends are a vital part of our lives, especially during school years. Let’s explore strategies for making and maintaining friendships.

Why Friendships Matter

Friends provide support, laughter, and a sense of belonging. They can also help you learn about cooperation, empathy, and resolving conflicts.

Strategies for Making Friends

  1. Be Yourself: It’s important to be authentic. Genuine friendships are based on being true to who you are.
  2. Show Interest in Others: Ask questions and listen to others. People appreciate when you take an interest in their lives.
  3. Join Activities: Participate in school clubs, sports, or arts. Shared activities are great ways to meet people with similar interests.
  4. Be a Good Friend: Friendship is a two-way street. Be kind, supportive, and trustworthy.

Tips for Maintaining Friendships

  • Communication: Keep in touch through texts, calls, or hanging out.
  • Respect Differences: Understand that everyone has different opinions and interests.
  • Be There in Tough Times: A true friend is there for others, even when things get tough.
  • Celebrate Each Other: Recognize and celebrate your friends’ achievements.

Activity: Friendship Goals

Create a friendship goal for yourself. It could be making a new friend, strengthening an existing friendship, or resolving a conflict with a friend.

Reflecting on Friendships

Think about what qualities you value in a friend. Are you offering these qualities to others? Friendship is as much about being a good friend as it is about having good friends.

Making and maintaining friendships is about connection, empathy, and mutual respect. Remember, friendships can grow and change, and that’s perfectly natural. Be open to meeting new people, and cherish the friends you have!

Maturation and Puberty

Communicating with Adults