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My son is going into 5th grade and is since 4th grade has been having a lot of trouble with friends. There is a group of boys that hang together and have a lot of fun at the expense of the rest of the boys and my son being one of them. When I ask him about his friends he will say I don't have any friends. This breaks my heart, how can I help him???




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My son is going into 5th grade and is since 4th grade has been having a lot of trouble with friends. There is a group of boys that hang together and have a lot of fun at the expense of the rest of the boys and my son being one of them. When I ask him about his friends he will say I don't have any friends. This breaks my heart, how can I help him???


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Lisa @ School Family writes:
Does your son do any activities outside of school? Finding kids with similar interests is a great way to connect with other kids. As for the group of boys -- so frustrating isn't it? Seems like it's the same group at all schools just different faces and names. The best thing you can do is to focus on your son's self-esteem so he doesn't care about their opinions. Here is an article that will teach your son how to stand up to this group.
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sami writes:
The best way to relate to a boy being that young wouuld to get a male associate to take him maybe to some sport event and then ask about his school along with his friends to kind of break the ice to get a field of where and what question you can ask leading up to the problem that are you facing. good luck
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