5 Ways to Make New Friends (for you and your kids) | Back to School Tips

5 Ways to Make New Friends (for you and your kids) | Back to School Tips

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Whether you’re celebrating or regretting it, the kids are headed off to school soon and it can be a tough time for kids and moms to make new friends. We’re all about women’s friendship but we’re also about ‘girlfriend advice,’ so here’s …

5 Ways to Make New Friends for you and your kids – for Back to School:

1. Say HI – It seems so simple but sometimes a “HI” is a great ice-breaker with someone knew who might be afraid to say HI themselves. “Hi – I’m Anne.” “Hey – Do you know what time the bus is supposed to be here?” “Hola – como estas?” Practice with your kids on how to be friendly and start up a conversation with a new schoolmate or mom.

2. Find things in common – Often we connect over commonalities. It could be other kids who went to the beach this summer to those who love chemistry, to those who want to join the chess club or go out for football. Among women, it could be those who also bring a dog to soccer games or volunteer to bring treats because they also love to bake. Use that

3. Looks for Friendship Diversity – We don’t have to have EVERYTHING in common. It’s nice for women (and children) to have friends from other cultures, who look/worship/dress/vote/talk differently and friends who we can learn so much from! Welcome other types of women into your circle of friends – those who are older, younger, live in a different neighborhood, have more kids than you or no children at all. Make them feel welcome. And, by doing so, inspire your children to being open to a diverse world of potential friends!

3. Listening – It’s the little thing that makes such a huge impact on friendships! When we’re nervous, like starting a new grade or walking into a music parents meeting full of strangers, some of us get chatty. Moms and kids often ramble when we’re not sure what else to do. Sit back and listen. Be the attentive, caring, interested listener. You may learn some things and make a new friend.

5. Look for Others who Need a Friend – You and your kids aren’t the only ones who need a friend when we’re often with new people during Back to School. Look around for others who might be standing by themselves and introduce yourself. Pay attention to who might be new – they definitely need a friend. Even if you or your child are shy, have something to say to make them (and you) feel at ease – like, “Are you new too?” “I have a rule that no one stands alone.”

So, now you’re ready for school to start and for those friendships we make with other moms (and new friends our kids make). How do you make new friends? What girlfriend advice do you recommend for Back to School?

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12 Fun Activities for Teen Girls and Friends

12 Fun Activities for Teen Girls and Friends

12 Fun Activities for Teen Girls and FriendsIsn’t it great that girlfriends help us through all phases of our lives? From pre-school playmates to life-long cherished friends, we all NEED girlfriends. And, there are tons of benefits of having girlfriends and great ways to spend time together.

Preparing for a presentation to 150 Girl Scouts next week, I found the following WikiHow info on fun activities for teen girlfriends. (But even we grown up girlfriends can get some ideas!) And here’s  5 Tips for Being a Better Teenage Friend.
Ever had a friend over and were super bored? Were you in need of some ideas? Now, before you invite your friends over make sure you’ve got a list of things to do so you will NEVER ever be bored again!

Here’s 12 Fun Activities for Teen Girls

1. Do some cooking. Invite the girls over for the afternoon and cook! Provide all the ingredients before hand, or if you want to do it differently go to the supermarket beforehand with your gals and shop together for ingredients. Before your friends arrive at your house set out all the pots and pans and such that you will need and turn the oven to the right temperature, if needed, for the recipe. When everyone gets there, blast some fun music and assign everyone to a certain task such as ‘Elizabeth does the chopping’, ‘Susan’ cleans the veggies, ‘Anna’ boils the rice, etc. Talk and have a good time! (Here’s some Cookbooks for Kids to get them started!) ** Please note – this doesn’t mean that boys can’t cook too or that girls should just do the cooking, it’s just a way teen girls to hang out, have fun, and be creative together.

2. Browse the shops! Everybody loves shopping, right? But not everybody has the money all the time to do so. Browsing is just as fun. Grab a group of two – four girls and head to the mall or another large store nearby. Walk around any store that you find interesting. Try going to a clothing store and grab an outfit to try on. If you like the outfit, go into the changing rooms together and take a picture of it. Make it extra fun by picking out outfits for each other!

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Just Dance activities for teens3. Dance the night away! Invite four – six friends over and head down to an open room and blast some music! Put on some Just Dance on the wii or your own fun music and dance the night away! Seriously, it is so much fun to dance and act crazy. Videotape it so you can watch later on to see how crazy we were dancing.

4. Make a slip ‘n’ slide and slip and slide. If the weather is hot and humid outside, what better way to have fun than to get wet? Invite your friends over for a watery day. Make a slip ‘n’ slide by putting a plastic tarp on a hill. Make sure you pin it into place so it doesn’t blow away! Then get the hose and pour nonstop water onto it while your girls and you slide down. Have a friendly water balloon fight afterward and dry off with towels, lemonade, and, yum!, brownies.

5. Get moving. Have a group of nine friends head to the park with you for some softball! Play fair! Or you could have relay races! Biking is another good activity to do with a group of two or three friends. Or rent a double-bike and go biking with your BFF.

6. Take pictures of your day and evening. Invite over three friends and take tons of pictures of you girls together. Then make a scrapbook! Fun! (Here’s a fun Hello Kitty Scrapbook kit!)

7. Practice being a fashion model. Dress up in really fun clothes and do each other’s make-up. You will look really crazy when it’s all done. Then set up a long blanket and walk down the “red carpet” and afterward drink champagne (sparkling cider) and veggies and dip. (And, everyone is coloring these days! Check out this Teen Fashion Design Chic Coloring Book!)

8. Do karaoke! Have a karaoke night with your BFF’s. Sing your lungs out and have them videotape it. Make up crazy dance moves and just act goofy. It’s really fun, seriously.

9. Pamper your pet. This may sound weird, but having doggie spa night is actually fun. Invite your BFF and her dog over and do a spa night for your two dogs. But, you do need an easy-going dog to do this. Paint their nails, put their hair up in pigtails, and dress them up in scarves, hats, sunglasses, etc. Or just do a photo shoot with the pets and share with your friends.

10. Have a night of bracelet making kits for teen girls and bowling. You don’t have to be good to have fun at bowling. Bring a bracelet making set and a group of friends to the bowling alley and bowl. While the others are bowling everyone else makes friendship bracelets and so on! It’s really fun.

11. Whatever you do, have fun with it. Smile, laugh (after all, laughing is the best medicine), and make the most of everything.

12. Make your own facial scrub. Mix sea salt and sugar together with enough olive oil to make a paste thick enough for you to scoop it, but thin enough for you to easily spread over the face and neck. Gently exfoliate the skin with the salt-sugar-oil mixture for up to one minute. Rinse off with warm water.

  • Apply a warm wet towel over the face and neck area to open up the pores. Let set for up to 30 seconds, or for as long as it is comfortable.
  • Mash a banana or avocado. Apply this mask to the face and neck, and let set for 15 minutes. Wipe off, then rinse the face with warm water.
  • Repeat Step Two, applying a warm wet towel over the face and neck area.
  • Create a paste with the baking soda, lemon juice and warm water. As in Step One, it should be thick enough for you to scoop it, but thin enough for you to easily spread over the face and neck. Gently cleanse the face for up to one minute. Rinse with warm water.
  • Close the pores by splashing the face and neck area with cold water.

How to Have Fun with Your Friends (Teen Girls) – wikiHow with our additional notes and ideas.

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The ABC’s of Female Friendship (and why YOU need to be a better friend)

The ABC’s of Female Friendship (and why YOU need to be a better friend)

What fundamentals of friendship apply to girlfriends and our friendship relationships? And why do we need to know them or even attempt to be a better friend?

ABCs of Female FriendshipWe’ll start with the “and WHY?” part of the equation. Girlfriendology started in 2006 when two of my girlfriends were dealing with cancer. I thought there should be a site, a community of women, who valued their female friends, who shared girlfriend advice and who inspired each other to be better friends. Soon after the launch, I found a book ‘The Tending Instinct: How Nurturing is Essential to Who We Are and How We Live‘ by Shelley E. Taylor. This book confirmed that female friendship makes women healthier, happier, less stressed and live longer. (If Oprah sold a pill that did that, everyone would buy it, right?!) I wanted to be a better friend to my girlfriends and loved that that was actually good for us!

In sharing this message, women have asked: Why don’t I have friends? How can I have better friendships? The answers are the same: To have a friend, be a friend. And, even more than that: Be a Better Friend. Here are the ABC’s of Female Friendship to help you do that:

A – Authentic – Be genuine, honest, yourself. Real friends want to be around YOU as you are – not someone you feel like they’ll like better. Be you. And accept your friends, with their flaws and silly ideas. They’ll accept you back.

B – Believe – There’s nothing better than a true friend who believes in you. NOTHING. With that faith, trust and support, you can do anything. Let your friends know that you believe in them. Show them. Support their dreams and celebrate their successes. They’ll do the same for you. That’s a powerful connection and blessing of true friends.

C – Caring – We’re put here for each other. To help ‘carry each others’ burden.’ To help each other, be a good listener, be a better friend. What if we care enough about women to give them the benefit of the doubt? We care enough to give them grace, a second chance, a hand when they need it.

Those are just some basics. Lessons of female friendship from years of blogging about it, observing women’s friendships, women telling me about their girlfriends and how very much they mean to them.

What are the basics of female friendship for you? What are the key elements that make a BFF? Share below. Share with your girlfriends. Just practice being a better friend. Remember, you’ll be healthier, happier, less stressed and live longer. And you’ll laugh and care more. Life is good … with girlfriends!

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How to celebrate International Friendship Day

How to celebrate International Friendship Day

True Friendship quote, Friendship Day IdeasHappy International Friendship Day! How are you celebrating YOUR Friends? (Don’t worry – we’ve got ideas to inspire you!)

According to Wikipedia

… the tradition of dedicating a day in honor of friends to have originated in the U.S. in 1935, but it actually dates from 1919. The exchange of Friendship Day gifts like flowers, cards and wrist bands is a popular tradition of this occasion.

Friendship Day celebrations occur on different dates in different countries … On 27 April 2011 the General Assembly of the United Nations declared 30 July as official International Friendship Day. However, some countries, celebrate Friendship Day on the first Sunday of August.

TRUE FRIENDSHIP. As Thomas Aquinas quoted:

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.

Friendships deserve to be celebrated and especially the true friendships (aka: great girlfriends!) who are there for us throughout our good and bad times in life.

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Friendship day is the perfect day (excuse, reason) to celebrate the wonderful women in our lives! But how does a busy woman make time to celebrate those friendships that make women healthier, happier, less stressed, live longer, and feel more beautiful? We’ve got some ideas …

  1. Make a List: To get started, make a list of the true friends in your life. Who has been there for you when life has been tough? Who makes you smile, laugh or get through a tough day? Who has been there for you for years or just come into your life but shows true friendship potential? Write down the women who you consider your true friends.
  2. Make these True Friends feel special – as special as their friendship is to you! For each girlfriend on your list, think about how to express your friendship appreciation. Pick up the phone and call her. Tell her how much her friendship means to you. Make special plans – like to meet for dinner, drinks, a long walk. Spend time together – that’s a great gift of friendship!
  3. Express your Friendship in a Card – Sometimes it is hard to say things out loud that you want to express. We tend to feel embarrassed to express how much their friendship means to us. Sometimes we just can’t find the words, right?

This year I decided to send eCards to my BFFs. (I’ll let these cool eCards help me express my friendship is a thoughtful and sometimes silly way!) We’re excited to be working with American Greetings to help our girlfriends build into their friendships and express their girlfriend gratitude for Friendship Day – and every day of the year!

I didn’t realize that American Greetings has been a creator and manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships to create happiness, laughter, and love – for more than 100 years! They offer greeting cards you can personalize and email, print from home and even post to Facebook. All digital and printable greeting cards are customizable and even free with your no-risk trial! (You won’t believe the hilarious cards that can talk and say what you write!)

So, I jumped on the American Greetings eCard site and started sending cards to my best girlfriends! Show here are a few examples …American Greetings friendship ecards, friendship day

For Friendship Day, I picked 10 girlfriends and sent them each an eCard with a message just for them. It was a great way to express my appreciation for them and their wonderful friendship.

For each of my girlfriends, I selected a card that reminded me of them or that I thought they would enjoy. There are beautiful cards with flowers, thoughtful cards with cute furry animals, silly cards with talking puppies, cards that express about every type of friendship and personality!

It’s very easy to select, personalize and send a card – and you get a copy of it in your email. You can add a gift to it too!

This has been a great way to express my appreciation for girlfriends! And, since I’m on vacation and not online as much this week, it was an easy and quick way to tell them how much their friendship means to me!

Thanks to American Greetings for these Girlfriendology Friendship E-cards!  We’re happy to share this great resource for women to express their friendship on Friendship Day and every day!

So, this year for Friendship Day, show and tell your friends how much they mean to you – with an eCard from American Greetings!

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10 Ways to be a Better Friend to a Girlfriend with Breast Cancer

10 Ways to be a Better Friend to a Girlfriend with Breast Cancer

10 ways to be a better friend to a friend with breast cancerGirlfriendology, the online community for women based on female friendship, is observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month by sharing 10 ways to be a better friend to a girlfriend with breast cancer.

The lessons come from women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer. They are friends of Girlfriendology.com founder Debba Haupert who shared their honest opinions and insights. Haupert points out that this can be a difficult topic for many, and that every woman faces cancer differently, so one woman’s needs can differ from another’s.

With more than 2 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., chances are you know someone dealing with the disease. Here’s how to be a good friend during a difficult time:

1.    Provide encouragement – Sometimes a woman is looking for a friend simply to affirm that she is doing all the right things and that she’s going to be okay. Remind her of her strengths and victories, uphold her decisions and encourage her to keep going.

2.    Listen – Listen without judgment, whenever it’s needed. Avoid easy answers or telling her to buck up and be strong. There are times when cancer can be overwhelming and they need to talk about it. Be the person they need – and simply listen. Let them process their thoughts aloud, listen and care.

3.    Offer help – Instead of saying open-endedly, “Let me know if you need anything,” ask precisely what you can do. Ask your friend if she’d like you to bring dinner, do laundry, babysit or go grocery shopping for her. Offer to help by doing Internet research on treatments and remedies. Identify what needs to be done and ask if you can help her by doing it.

4.    Cheer her up – Do things that really help and buoy spirits. Knit or buy her a pair of fuzzy pink socks. Give her an inspiring book or pink gifts. Celebrate the end of each treatment with champagne. Give her a gift certificate for a massage or a manicure. Help her deal with the hair loss – take her wig shopping, buy a hat or buff for her or, like some girlfriends do, shave your head in solidarity.

5.    Be understanding – Plato said: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Your girlfriend is going to have good and bad days, so be patient on those days when she may say something she might not mean, or not mean it the way it sounded. She is fighting a life-changing battle and deserves your patience, grace and understanding. Don’t take things personally… cut your girlfriend some slack.

6.    Help her communicate – She may not want to talk about cancer all the time. While she’ll appreciate your interest in how she’s doing, it can be wearing to go through all the details again and again. Help her set up a blog or start a chain phone list for updates.

7.    Laughter is the best medicine – Give or lend her your romantic comedy movies or books, or take her to a chick flick – just make sure there are no cancer storylines. Send her funny cards or wrap up silly presents so she has fun gifts to open. Be flexible with your time – and jump at the chance to be with her when she’s feeling good. Back off when she asks because she’s feeling not so good. Take off time from work if you need to be with her.

8.    Offer inspiration – Share stories of people who have gone through the same thing and are doing well years later. We all need inspiration, reassurance, and optimism. It’s even better if you can connect your friend with those people so they can talk to them. Never talk about people who have died of cancer or are not doing well.

9.    Friendship endurance – Be in this friendship for the long haul. There are going to be good and bad days, weeks, and months. Be her friend no matter what, and even when the treatments seem to go on forever – that simply means that she’s still your girlfriend. Continue to be there for her.

10. Celebrate life together! Look for opportunities to be together, to share memories and moments to remember, go on an adventure or explore together, laugh together and cry together when needed. See the beauty in each day as her friend and let her know that. Celebrate each day of friendship.

Remember friendship is like marriage – in sickness and in health. Be there for her and enjoy every day of your friendship. And, in observation of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, early detection is the best protection so practice self-exams and mammograms for your own health. Girlfriends need to remind each other that as well.

Girlfriendology is the online community for women based on inspiration, appreciation, and celebration of female friendship. Founded by Debba Haupert in 2006, Girlfriendology inspires women to make new female acquaintances, spend time with their girlfriends, and appreciate those friendships that are vital to women’s health and happiness. Girlfriendology.com features inspiring women in semi-weekly podcasts, contests to share girlfriend stories and provides videos, shopping, reviews, blogs and more.[Tweet “10 Ways to be a better Friend to a Girlfriend with Breast Cancer”] Additional Breast Cancer Awareness info:

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