8 year old son having a hard time making friends

Untapped - posted on 12/03/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )

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We have recently moved house - we previously lived in a gated community with very few kids in the neighborhood, at the time my son was attending a private school. A job move provided the opportunity for us to sell and buy a new home in a family friendly community and send my son to the local public elementary school - our core focus being for our 8 year old son to be in an environment where he has the opportunity to make friends with the neighbourhood kids and kids he goes to school with. He is a great kid, easy going, funny but has a sensitive. shy nature. He is not very sporty, he enjoys computer games and building lego rather than playing a game of soccer or any sport for that matter. He so desparately wants a best friend, unfortuantely he landed up in a class that is 70% girls and the small group of boys love to do sporty things. My son goes to the library at recess - alone. It honestly broke my heart when he told me tonight he's being doing this for weeks. He's tearful about it and would love to play with the other boys, but when he does they appear to intentionally loose him, anyone been in the same position? Niether my husband or I are great social lites, so that likely has an impact on him and of course being an only child doesn't help, as he doesn't have the benefit of having to share anything or play things he doesn't like. I know he's lonely - we've tried sending him to camps and few other activities to encourage him to meet meet more kids, but no luck. The last thing I want is for him to grow up being a social recluse. Any ideas?

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