We want to encourage children to try something new or to meet a new friend. How often do adults hold back and do not get to know people who are different? Our teens and tweens are reluctant to embrace new people and cultures because that is what we show them as adults. Mix-It –Up days at school where students have lunch or sit with students who are different than they are can be a good start to help teens and tweens develop skills and decrease the anxiety about relating to someone new. Adults could benefit from modeling this too! Adults could find ways to mix-it-up at work, school, or church. Try sitting next to someone new or holding conversations with someone you have only exchanged greetings with? Find someone in a crowd that would not be your first choice to hold a conversation with and begin one. Join a club where there is no one you know already. If we are to help teens and tweens learn to appreciate each other’s differences we must begin to model these behaviors! When it comes to meeting new people, how do you embrace your fears but plod ahead anyway?