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When moving to our new home, I knew my son would be leaving behind the friends and familiar faces he’d come to know. I knew I’d want to help him find new friends to fill these gaps, without replacing the ones he already has.

Stay in touch with existing friends. I’ve made sure to keep in touch with the families from the old neighborhood, taking extra effort to go the extra bit of distance it takes to see them. Though I’d like my son to make new, nearby friends, it’s important to me that he not completely lose touch with those important to him.

Host events. It’s easy to get to know neighbors by inviting them over for food and fun. An outdoor barbecue announced via flier is how we’ve introduced ourselves to folks next door.

Join activities. I keep an eye on coffee shop bulletin boards, community newsletters, and neighborhood social media to find out about fun, regular clubs where we can meet kids of the same age.

Hang out where families hang out. Each time we visit the park, we meet another family. Libraries have the same result! Hopefully, as we live here longer, we’ll learn about other places that families gather.

Helping my son to find friends his age has had an unexpected effect. It’s nudged me out of my comfort zone a bit. Striking up conversation with other parents doesn’t just introduce my child to theirs, but also me to them. I’ve started to find friends of my own in this new home.

About Liz Moorhead
Liz Moorhead is a high school teacher turned work-from-home mom. An illustrator and writer, she blogs for a top wedding site and shares her own personal experiences on her blog Happy Sighs in between walks to the park with her toddler son - all just outside of Philadelphia.