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13 year old boy with no friends. What should we do?

My 13 year old son is in eighth grade and has no friends. This situation has existed for years. He is a personable child who is a good student but simply never gets an invitation or a phone call. He is not on any team sports but does take Tennis lessons. He is really into technology and enjoys figuring out complex programs. He seems happy and gets along well with his younger 6 year old brother. Nevertheless, my husband and I feel he is missing out on a whole part of his life. We try to encourage him to invite people over but he really resists. What should we do???
In Topics: Parenting / Our Family, Friendships and peer relationships
> 60 days ago



Oct 23, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Social development is definitely an important part of adolescent life.  To help your son find friends, search for community programs that will help your son develop his interests while meeting peers.  Also, since your son resists inviting people over, you may want to have an honest discussion with him about it.  What is he afraid of?  Why doesn't he want anybody over?  When you find a reason, you might find a solution.

Suggested readings:

Milestones of adolescence

Talk to your adolescent

How to talk to your teen about relationships

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