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When Sally and her family moved into a new neighborhood, they met Caitlyn, a social but mentally challenged 14-year-old.

At first Sally's 8- and 12-year-old daughters weren't sure how to befriend Caitlyn. When they learned that she loved board games, they played with her. Through board games, the relationship grew, and they learned that they could do other things together: walk the dogs, jump on the trampoline, play video games and bowl.


Copyright © 2008 by Sally Cressman. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com. This article first appeared in the November 2008 issue of Focus on Your Child Tween Ages newsletter in "Seven Ways to Focus on Others."

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