Pen pals can help adolescents learn how to establish close relationships with others. They also help teens consolidate their own sense of self, say experts.
Pen pal relationships do not involve some of the difficulties of everyday friendships—like occasional arguments. They are less likely to involve emotional pain and disappointment. They are more likely to offer greater privacy for personal secrets.
So this summer—when your child is feeling bored—why not suggest a pen pal? Your library can help you find organizations that arrange pen pals.
The best pen pal is someone who can be a confidant. Adolescents like pen pals about the same age and similar to themselves with whom they can share similar experiences.
Boys seem to prefer girl pen pals. But girls are usually most interested in finding a close friend—boy or girl.
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