Summer Friendships Last|
by Deborah Shelton
Summertime isn't just about getting dirty, staying up all night,
playing in the rain, and going off to camp--It's 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 you're
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 friend's
address, your return address, and a postage stamp. Don't forget to write a cool
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 creative- don't 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
No matter how you decide to keep in touch,don't let summer
friendships end when summer ends.
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." Visit Deborah's website
for more family-friendly ideas