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January 25, 2013

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NORMAN —

Now that she’s at a different school, it seems to me that she has an entirely different group of friends and has left those from elementary school behind.

I knew those kids and their parents, and I’m saddened and worried by this change. Is this a normal transition or should I be concerned?

— Suzanne, Del City

Dear Suzanne,

Usually, several elementary schools feed one middle-level school. The pool of friends is much larger.

Kids at this level meet new friends in different classes as well as through various activities, locker assignments, lunch times, etc. Meeting new friends is nothing to worry about.

Abandoning all old friends is disconcerting. A conversation with your daughter about her elementary friends may prove to you that those friends are now making decisions she doesn’t agree with, or they may be hanging out with people she doesn’t like.

On the other hand, you have the responsibility to your daughter to get to know these new friends and their parents.

Decide if she is making good choices. As kids move from grade level to grade level, they are grouped more according to areas of interest than by a single class. It grows even more once college arrives.

These interests usually dictate who their friends are because they have something in common.

Should you be concerned? No. Should you be aware and involved? Absolutely!

Jeannie and Sally are certified school counselors with 49 years combined educational experience. Jeannie has two children, Sally three. The responses presented don’t necessarily represent the views of any certain school district. Please send questions to questions.classact@gmail.

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