No, my parents didn't sign me up for things in HS. They didn't sign me up for things in grade school. I'd bring home the permission slip. Different times. Some parents, did, though.<quoted text>Yes.
<quoted text>Easier said than done.
<quoted text> Once you were in HS, did your parents sign you up for things without your input or your direction? Mine didn't. I could not imagine being fired up about being told, I just signed you up for "xyz".
<quoted text> Great idea if the problem is losing touch with old friends. But that's not the problem here. The problem is starting over with no friends.
Depends on the kid. Heck, I buy Groupons for my 22 year old kid if I see something I think would be of interest. I only do that on things I know would be an absolute hit, though.
To get you through a time period with no friends at a new town, it might be nice to know you can Skype an old friend to get your spirits up.