Making Friends

How To Help A Kid Who is Being Ostracized

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School is back in full-swing and some kids are loving it; reconnecting and building new friendships while others are being shunned and ostracized. I am getting many heartbreaking emails from parents who are feeling helpless as they watch from the sidelines as their child cowers from the pain of rejection. One parent shares how her …

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How To Make Friends as a Teenager When You’re Shy & Insecure

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When trying to figuring out how to make friends as a teenager or join a group, more often than not, teens experience genuine social anxiety and fear. Some teens have a long history of rejection and social anxiety. They may feel awkward and not confident in their own skin.  As they approach friendships and relationships, …

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We May Have Eliminated “Last Picked” But Not “Picked On”

Kids are still going to be picked on at school and we should not underestimate the power of that dread. As we are well into the school year, many kids are falling victim to the class bully. Others may be suffering from being left out of the “in” crowd, silently scolded for being different simply by the fact that they are on the periphery and are not welcomed into a group.

A Social Life Castle with Thick Walls

Avoidance is a sign. Not a sign that the child does not care. Or a sign that he lacks motivation, is resistant, or is just uninterested in having friends, but a sign that he does not know how to break down the barriers so he can participate, or “join in”. Without a roadmap or help with his social plan, children and teenagers often shut down.  

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