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9 yr. old afraid of being alone in life

Hi all,  A little background..  My 9 yr. old grandson has lived with me and his dad since birth.  Birth mom see's him on most weekends.  Grandson is very bright and intelligent. He is slightly overweight and taller than the kids in his class, and he says the kids in his class pick on him for that, and he says they tell him he's annoying.  I know that he gets loud and does demand attention in a way so I can understand why they'd say that.  

Anyway, the other night at dinner we started a conversation about phobias, and one thing led to another and we went online to read about different phobia's.  As he went down the list of phobia's and what they meant he said 'oh here's me...and he said the name of the phobia and it meant 'fear of being alone in life' or something like that.  And then he came across another phobia... something about fear of never finding someone to marry.  My point is all the phobia's he said he has were related to being lonely and spending his life alone.  

He doesn't really have any friends although the neighborhood kids do call for him occasionally on the weekend when they're playing tag or manhunt, but he's usually at his mom's or her sisters.  When he is outside playing with them he usually comes back in upset because someone called him a name.   He's in Karate and is doing well in that.  

I'm just worried about his self esteem and his need for attention which turns a lot of kids off and I don't what to do about it.  

Any suggestions?  

In Topics: Self esteem and identity
> 60 days ago

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