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Making new friends is easy for some, difficult for others. For many the opportunities to meet new people are in themselves limited. However, one situation in which new people and potential new friends are often encountered is during summer vacations. In the following article Deborah Shelton gives some useful advice on keeping up such friendships. Attention must be paid though to what summer friends actually expect from such relationships - do not be disappointed if you find their expectations are different from yours and they no longer wish to maintain the friendship when summer is over (see the article at Making Friends for more on this)... Also see True Friendship - a Definition

Making Summer Friendships Last
by Deborah Shelton

Summertime isnít just about getting dirty, staying up all night, playing in the rain, and going off to camp--Itís about meeting new people. Follow these tips to turn your vacation acquaintances into lifelong friends.

1. Summer Memory Book

Make the summer last forever by preserving memories in a special book. Fill the plastic sleeves of a photo album with photos, ticket stubs, sections of road maps from summer trips, and other mementos. When youíre finished, exchange memory books with your closest summer buddy.

2. Picture Postcards

Keep in touch with vacation friends by sending picture postcards. Scan summer photos and print them on cardstock paper, 4 per page. Use scissors to cut individual cards. On the blank side, include your friendís address, your return address, and a postage stamp. Donít forget to write a cool message!

3. Pen Pal Club

Start your own pen pal club! Swap addresses with your new friends and make a commitment to keep in touch. Be creativeó donít limit yourself to writing letters. Send an inexpensive gag gift every so often, or an audiotape letter. Send lists of your favorite things. For instance, one month send your pen pals a list of your 20 favorite movies, and then compare your lists.

No matter how you decide to keep in touch, donít let summer friendships end when summer ends.

About The Author

Deborah Shelton is a mother, freelance writer, and author of the brand new book, "The Five Minute Parent: Fun & Fast Activities for You and Your Little Ones."

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