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New Kid in Town

Dear Highlights,
I’m a military kid, and we move around a lot. We usually move to a military base, but this time, we moved to a town where everybody knows everybody. Being the oddball out is hard, and I’m terrible at making friends. Any suggestions?
Clarice (by e-mail)

It’s not easy to settle into a new place when you move often. But there are a few things you can do to help you make new friends.

When you’re feeling like the “oddball out,” it may seem easier to stand back and wait for other kids to speak to you. Don’t be afraid to be the first to say a cheerful “Hi!” Participate in activities you enjoy. Ask to sit with a group at lunch or look for other kids who are sitting alone. Even kids who have lived in your new town their whole lives may feel the way you do about making friends. They are just waiting for a new friend like you!

You and your parents might also talk to your school counselor, who may be able to connect you with kids who share your interests.

Art by: Keith Frawley

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