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10 Feb 2004

teen making friends
I have a 13 yr old daughter and would say she is fairly well balanced. I have noticed that during her primary school days and now that she's in high school, she seems to have a problem having friends after school. She gets on well with friends in the school enviroment and does not seem to have any shortage of friends at school, but when it comes to inviting friends home or making arrangements with these friends for the weekend, she seems very uninterested and non-plus! We have a lovely home and home enviroment, mom and dad are still married with no excesses on our part but no matter how much encouraging we do, she does not seem to want to pan any activities with her friends from school. These friends from school I might add are lovely children so she need not have to feel embarred by them.We are not sure whether we should not push the envelope with her and give her space but then on the other hand, we feel she will be left out and miss all the socialising of the friends!!
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Dear Ben,
I suspect that Lucia may have the answer, in the form of her son's answer to her question ; in the form of the brilliant comparison to whether you enjoy having all your work friends round at your house all the time ( I really don't enjoy that, myself ) ; and in reminding you that parents of kids who over-socialize, find it expensive and tiring. M
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