Dear Amy: How do I stay connected with school friends over the summer? — David S., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Dear David: It can be hard to make plans when you are a kid and you don’t have a cellphone yet. In the summer, I usually talk to my mom about what we have planned for the week, then ask when I can invite a friend to join us.
We have a pool in our subdivision, so we love to invite friends to go swimming with us and bring a picnic lunch for a nice afternoon. Another thing we enjoy is free summer movies. Many towns will show free movies at a theater or outdoors, and it’s always fun to have a friend come along.
If your parents work during the day, make plans for the evening to go to the park, or take a walk or a bike ride as a family and invite a friend. As long as you have a parent’s permission, you should be able to keep in touch with friends over the summer. Check out Stay Connected Over Summer Break, scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/social-life-friendship/school-friendships-stay-connected-over-summer-break.
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