August Pathfinders: Friendship

August is friendship month. This month’s pathfinder will tell you

all about making friends and keeping friends.

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Why have friends? There are many benefits to having friends, whether the friend is a new one or an old one. To have a couple of good friends is a win/win situation for everyone. Check out some of great benefits of having friends at these sites.

http://inspiyr.com/gut-feelings-the-physical-and-emotional-benefits-of-friendship/

http://smartliving365.com/five-big-benefits-from-having-keeping-friends/

Several sites will tell you how having friends are also good for your health. Check it out at:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/friendships/art-20044860?reDate=10072015

http://www.clevelandclinicwellness.com/mind/stressless/Pages/TheHealthBenefitsofFriendship.aspx#

http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/good-friends-are-good-for-you

As we get older, having friends becomes even more important. Close connections to friends and family may ward off poor health and even death. Read more about it at this site.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/12/business/retirementspecial/for-older-adults-close-connections-are-key-to-healthy-aging.html

And AARP has an online friendship site. Find it at:

http://community.aarp.org/

Some organizations will offer “phone a friend” services for older people who are alone. Try Friends in Action in Ellsworth at:

http://friendsinactionellsworth.org/telephone-check-in/

Pets can also be “good” friends. To see how they help, go to one of these sites.

http://healthland.time.com/2011/07/12/study-pets-give-us-the-same-warm-fuzzies-that-friends-do/

http://www.seniorcitizensguide.com/articles/activities/pets.htm

So how do you go about making friends? There are many different sites with suggestions.

http://www.succeedsocially.com/sociallife

http://www.fastcompany.com/3038537/how-to-make-new-friends-as-an-adult

The next site tells what to look for in a friend and difference between having online friends as opposed to a “in-person friend”. Read all about it at:

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/relationships/how-to-make-friends.htm

Once you have made some friends, it is important to keep in touch. These days, there are several ways to do so. See some of the methods at these sites.

http://www.wikihow.com/Keep-In-Touch-with-Friends

http://www.womensforum.com/how-to-keep-in-touch-with-old-friends.html

http://www.globe-trottica.com/writing-letters-my-favorite-way-to-keep-in-touch-with-friends/

Sharing is a big part of having a friendship. Here are some ideas of what to do together.

http://lifereimagined.aarp.org/stories/27601-5-Ways-to-Get-Closer-to-Your-Friends

The following is a wonderful quote about friendship.

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Go to this site to find more great quotes on friendships.

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_friendship.html
And another wonderful site with “friendship” poetry.

True Friend

A friend is like a star that twinkles and glows
Or maybe like the ocean that gently flows
A friend is like gold that you should treasure
And take care of forever and ever
A friend is like an angel that is there to guide you
A friend is someone you can trust out of a few
A friend is more than one in a million
They are one in a ca-zillion
And you, my friend, are very special
and so it is official.

http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/short-one-in-a-million-true-friend-poem

Image from:  pixabay.com

Image from: pixabay.com

Kids

Friendship Day

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/friendship-day/

How to Make Friendship Bracelets

http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/kidscraftsactivitiesblog/2011/01/how-to-make-friendship-bracelets-easy-step-by-step-tutorial-for-kids/

International Pen Friends:  Write Around the World!

http://usa.ipfpenfriends.com/

Making Friends

http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?p=335&id=1705&np=286

Students of the World

http://www.studentsoftheworld.info/

When Friends Fight:  Make Peace, Not War

http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/friends/friendsfight/

Book Suggestions for Kids

(MSBA Shelf — j362.42 Bel) El deafo by Cece Bell

In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful–and very awkward–hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear–sometimes things she shouldn’t–but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is.

(Juvenile Series rack — jF Bar) Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.

(New shelf — E Fer)  Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Stick and Stone are both lonely until Pinecone’s teasing causes one to stick up for the other, and a solid friendship is formed.

Teens

Find Teen Pen Pals

http://findteenpenpals.tumblr.com/

Friendship Bracelets

http://friendship-bracelets.net/index.php

Image from:  wikipedia.org

Image from: wikipedia.org

Friendship Stories

http://www.best-friends-forever.com/friendship-stories.html (not sure about this one???)

Why Online Friendships Are the New Norm

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/online-friendships

Book Suggestions for Teens

(New shelf — y305.235 Gan) I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda with Liz Welch

The true story of an all-American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe and the letter that changed both of their lives forever. It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin’s class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. Martin was lucky to even receive a pen-pal letter. There were only ten letters, and forty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one. That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives. In this compelling dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends — and better people — through their long-distance exchange. Their story will inspire you to look beyond your own life and wonder about the world at large and your place in it.

 

Parents

Friendship Crafts Made with Handprints

http://funhandprintartblog.com/2013/08/friendship-crafts-made-with-handprints.html

How to Craft the Perfect Pen Pal Letter

http://www.pbs.org/parents/adventures-in-learning/2014/01/pen-pal-letters/

How to Help Children Make Friends

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/growing-friendships/201209/how-children-make-friends-part-1

Making and Keeping Friends

http://pediatrics.about.com/od/growthanddevelopment/a/0807_mk_friends.htm

Should Parents Let Teens Meet Online Friends?

http://www.today.com/parents/should-parents-let-teens-meet-online-friends-2D79317640

What Parents Can Do to Support Friendships

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/work-play/Pages/What-Parents-Can-Do-to-Support-Friendships.aspx

19 Simple Ways to Maintain a Long-Distance Relationship with your Best Friend

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/03/best-friend-long-distance_n_5052185.html

Mother Daughter Book Club

http://www.scholastic.com/MotherDaughterBookClub/

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