Need advice on getting my 11 year old daughter to make new friends.

Amy - posted on 10/03/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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She has had them same friends for a while but they have grown apart, now go to different schools, and the other 2 are making new friends while my daughter has the potential, but almost seems to refuse making new friends, there's always an excuse why she can't.

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Chet - posted on 10/03/2014

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All you can do is support opportunities for her to make social connections. Help her find classes, or activities, or youth groups, or extra curriculars that she might be interested in joining. The more kids she meets the better her chances of finding some kids she hits it off with.

Appreciate too though, that as kids get older it can take longer to grow a friendship. You don't want to push, and it's not unusual for kids to take a year or two to fully transition from a group of kids they've grown apart from to a new group of kids they are close with.

Also, how much of a problem this is depends a lot on how your daughter feels about it. If she is lonely and depressed and feeling bad herself because of her social situation it's a much more serious problem than if she's basically okay and you just think she needs a more active social life.

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