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Getting Involved

I will never forget sitting in my bedroom, lights out, my face pressed up against the glass with my mom right beside me. It was Youth Group night at the house across the street from us. We had been at Keflavik NAS, Iceland for maybe one month and I was struggling to find new friends, no easy task for an introverted tenth grader. My mom had told me I needed to find an activity to get involved in so we watched together to see if I knew a face, a name of someone going into the chaplain's house that night. Sure enough I knew a couple of faces and a name or two. So she pushed me out the door after there were a few people at the Chaplain's house.

What a life's lesson that was! Today I know that I need to get out and meet the community in order to thrive. My main involvement this year is MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) were I am part of the steering committee. So every other week I get out and meet with other ladies. I laugh; I relax; I enjoy the company of other women.

I would encourage you, if you are struggling to get to know your new community, to find one thing to become involved in. You might have to push yourself out the door to do it (we don't all have a Mom to stand beside us all the time) but it will make you feel so much better in the long run!

Have a suggestion for a fellow military family? Let us know!

3 comments:

  1. School is openning now, and you can't just push the kids out.. they have to go. But you can help them by getting out with them and finding names of the students around your house. Sometimes kids don't say their name outloud. Ask, and intro your child,using your child's name... so that each will have a handle, something to register with a smile!

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  2. Making your child laugh and smile in front of others is a great way to assist in making friends.

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  3. That is a wonderful way to help children make new friends! Thank you for that suggestion. A smile offers assurance, what better way to lift a child's self-esteem in a time of uncertainty.

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