My 17 year old doesn't have friends

User - posted on 01/17/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 17 year old son who was diagnosed when he was 2 and a half is going through a rough time right now. He has never had a friend and he tells me on a daily basis that he is so sad and lonely and it breaks my heart. All he wants to do is play video games or watch cartoons in his room. There isn't a support group where I live for teens on the spectrum. I would love to find him pen pals and possible help him make a friend. He is quiet and fixated on video games and cartoon characters but I know he would love to have someone to sit by in a movie or bowl with. We live around the St. Louis area. You can reach me through email at puzzle_piece@hotmail.com.
Courtney

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Scarlett - posted on 01/17/2014

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I am a 15 year old girl (this is my mothers account) I have to admit I used to have a lot if friends until I decided to get rid if the fake friends and have real friends that will be there for me when I'm older. Now I only have 4 real friends. I think your son should go out a bit more, if he tells you in a daily bases that he has not friends maybe he should do something about it. I'm not do good at making friend myself I find it awkward and frightening, but if you just e yourself people will live you for who you are. Maybe if you take way the tv in his room or something make him watch tv out if his room it play games out if his room. Also if he has younger or older siblings or cousins invite them over to hang out, give him a push/boost to a social life because that's an important thing in any teenagers life. Maybe even making him do a team sport or get a job can help. I know I'm only a child myself but this is my opinion from a teenager that's how I made my real friends, I know more friends = more drama in some people but if you find the right people this won't happen much. I really hope this helped and I hope your son finds some friends because I know how it feels and it's sad, boring and lonely place to be in your life xx good luck

Chris - posted on 01/18/2014

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Hi this might not help right now but I have always had very few friends. But when started University it was easier, and I noticed I was no the only one not knowing many friends. I am adult now, yeah real dinosaur your son would think but I have always had very few 2-3 friends but they are good, great to talk to. I have a lovely family and that is also great :-) it is not how many, one good is better than many not so good and he will get them, he has just not found them! When I started university I knew no one, new town, new apartment etc. It turned out fine, one of them is my husband and one still after +20 years years a go my best friend :-) Now my son is the same. Not really have any friends, really shy... I tell him no worries, it will be better..... I know :-)

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