Making New Friends at SchoolJul 22, 2013 10:21AM ● By Bailey Hemphill
C – Be Cheerful! Folks gravitate toward happy people, so tell your child to always say pleasant things, to see the positive in every situation, and to smile when they are talking to new people.
H – Say Hello! When they take their seat in their new class, instead of ignoring the other students around them, smile and greet them with a pleasant “Hello!”
A – Have Acceptance! In an increasingly diverse community such as Omaha, talk to your children about accepting people for who they are. Poking fun at people’s differences may turn some people away from having a friendship with them. Remind your child that people come in all forms.
R – Show Respect! Remind your child that respect is like a boomerang; if they show respect to others, others will respect them back.
M – Use Manners! Basic manners, such as saying please, thank you, excuse me, and I’m sorry, are just as important as a teenager as they are as a kindergartener. Using good manners makes others feel as though they are valued.