Hi all, My DS is 7+ and attending his classes online. Since March, he is missing his friends and staying home all time. He is the only child and that upset him a lot. We were in american community where we have no Indian friends. So I moved to indian community where there are 90percent indians. He got few friends last year. That too I struggled a lot to get them involved. I used to arrange play dates often and for dinner most of the time. Kids used to come home and play. He have only handful number of friends nearby. In my community, 4 houses in a building. There are no kids in my building and the opposite one. All bachelor's and young couples. So he don't have friends to play with nearby. Few other friends are in the same community, but it's little far. But still parents drove them here and they used to play after school and weekends. Since March, we are not going to anyone's house. He is home all the time. He catch cold easily. So we didn't go out anywhere in March and April. Since may, we started to take him to park where there is no crowd and we play with him and come back home. We did that till November. But he miss his friends so much. I was doing video call with his friends since March. He was chatting with them in a group video call. But unfortunately, all his friends went to India in May and June. 2 left because of family emergency and 2 because of visa issues. So he don't have anyone to chat with even for video and phone chat. He doesn't have any cousins too. So he is telling me that he feel so bored to be alone and no cousins for him. He also understand that it's covid pandemic and he don't want to go out too. We had to force him to come out to the park play. He is kind of scared too. I am trying to change that and he is doing ok now. He is ok to play outside now. We do have some kids play outside in my community in the evenings. I don't know if they include him. They are playing together with their mom's close group. Here we have many small groups and they okay within them and don't include others. He got 4 friends who all came new to this place like me and he got those friends. I tried to get into some existing group and I couldn't mingle with them as they don't have even smile back. I am trying so hard to engage him inside the house. Since winter started, we can't go to the park. So have to keep him engaged and motivated inside the house. I don't know how to get him some friends. Anyone in this situation and something helps you? Please share. He don't have any friends in this community from his current grade. So he couldn't meet anyone from his class too. I hope this will change once he starts the school face to face. But it takes time for things to settle down after the vaccine. So I don't know how to motivate him.. I don't have any patio or porch in my community. We have an indoor patio called as sun room. So we don't have any balcony and have to be indoors or go to the park to play. My dh wanted to buy a house and he has been insisting this for last few months. He is telling that he will get some if his own space to play with and he will like that environment. Since we are in 2BR apartment, he feels that he will like a house and explore the space. I am still deciding on it. I don't know if that will help him. We didn't start the research yet about the house and school ratings. We don't have much friends in this city. Dh doesn't have any colleagues too. His colleagues are in west coast and chicago. So we don't know anyone here. So I am hesitating to decide upon the house buy. Dh is confident that we might get few friends in the neighborhood if we buy a house. Please share your thoughts or inputs which helped you in anyway to cope up with kid.