Our 7 year-old son has a 6 year-old girl friend and the 2 were really very close friends - one heart and one soul.
Now she's moving for 3 years to another country (very far away) and the evening after her family's "farewell party" he suddenly cried and was very very sad about loosing his best and only friend.
It seems quite difficult (and I know myself that it is not easy to find such good soul-mate friends) to find new/other close friends. It adds to the problem, that he is "less wild" than most other boys, so he often prefers being with girls. He just started going to school and knew nearly no one in his class from before (while most of the others seemed to know each other already). At the moment it seems that there is none of the boys in his class who has the potential for becoming a new best friend... (I'm not yet sure about the girls.)
What can we do to help him finding new/more friends?
- Sure, we will also try to help him to keep in touch with the girl (via phone/skype), but the risk is there that they are going different ways.
- And we will try to encourage him to meet with other children in his age from school or from the neighborhood.
remark: sure I don't want to decide for him which friends to choose, but I see which children he likes and which might fit to him
There is one really nice girl in the neighborhood (and they seem to get along very well together), but her best friend (another girl) does not like our son and is very jealous if her friend has other friends besides her... so that could become very difficult and lead to our son feeling and being excluded, as soon as they are all three together...
There is one boy in our street, they now walk to school together (but are in different classes) - they seem to have fun together mostly, but the other boy is often too wild for our son.
There's another boy we know from the kindergarden, but he's younger than your son and not yet in school, so I'm not sure if that might work well...
2nd remark: If that sounded like our son does not like meeting with other children for playing, you got me wrong.
He is also willing to meet with other children of his age (boys and girls), I just wonder how he can find again such a good an close friend as this leaving girlfriend.
He already joins group activities like sports, swimming etc., so he also gets in contact with other children.