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How to make friends at a new school
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 00:00

Starting a new school is hard.


How to Make Friends at a New School

Five Parts:
1. Finding your confidence
2. Having a positive approach
3. Getting involved
4. Detecting the cliques
5. Enjoying your new friendships

Starting with a new school can be difficult. Everything seems to be so weird, and you don't even know where to go for your own classes. Making new friends can be hard too, because everyone seems to have already made their own cliques. However, you can integrate into your new environment. Just try to have as much fun as you did in your old school. One way is to simply ask someone, "What's your name?" or "Would you like to hang out after school?" (but make sure you know how they act around other people). You can also ask if they have seen a certain movie or show. They might ignore you, but if they do, simply move on to someone else.

Part 1 of 5: Finding your confidence
1. Take a deep breath. You shouldn't be nervous, you're going to a new school, not to torture. Remember that in your new school you will find kids your age. You're going to meet people who like you there. Don't judge others before you get to know them
2. Be yourself. Never change who you are to try and fit in. If your friends don't accept you for you, they're not really friends. Most people belong with a certain clique simply because they are being themselves and their unique personalities and interests falls into that stereotype. For example, someone who is naturally athletic may become a jock in high school or someone who naturally artistic or emotional may become part of the emo crowd. Many people can tell you are a fake. Don't try too hard.

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How do your kids share?
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 00:00

How to teach your kids to share?


Being a parent can be a tough job. Trying to raise and nurture a child while managing everything else that goes on in life is hard enough as it is, and that is without even considering the many moral dilemmas that can present themselves in situations like this article will draw upon.

What is right? What is wrong? Sure, there are certain things we all know are to be done or not to be done, but what about those vast grey areas, in which new new philosophies and ideas are born, that throw us into a journey of self discovery as a parent that we may not have considered beforehand? How about when we have to mix our beliefs about parenthood with other families who may take a different approach?

I came across a story about sharing written by a mother named Beth who had an interesting perspective. One line that stuck out to me in Beth’s story about why she doesn’t teach her kids to share was “I think it does a child a great disservice to teach him that he can have something that someone else has, simply because he wants it.” I think she’s right. Teaching anyone that they should be able to have what someone else has simply because they want it isn’t a mentality I think should be spread around. But it begs the question: how then do we define what is truly sharing?

What Does It Mean To Share?

 

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