My son is 10 and a delight. He prefers to stay home and hang with 8 year old brother. He has one good friend, but it is sometimes a challenge to even get him to call him. He is introverted, like I was as a child, so I don't really want to push the issue - he seems very happy. My husband thinks we need to make him socialize more. His interests tend to be things that you do alone also - he doesn't like team sports. I say let him be, but I'd like opinions.
minamina79 writes: My 11year old son is the same way. He likes to stay home play on the xbox or board games. But we decided it would be better if he would try out 1 sport for a season. If he liked it or not that was fine with us. But he had to find 1 sport to play. Wanted to get him to socialize and be active. So he chose soccer. He is doing alot better at wanting to go to the games and trying to make new friends.
I think just trying a sport would be good. Or even karate. Which my son now wants to do. To see if he might actually like it. It never hurts to try.
mHarrington writes: Thats right never push someone into something that you want them to do be like what sport you want to play or do you want be be in culbs with other people or the band thats a good way to make new friends cause whatever he plays he has other people in there with him so it goes both ways so never push your kids in to something they dont want to do cause it makes them feel like you dont care and then that just upsets them even more and it would help him if he was in one sport with a bunch of kids and then in a club or two it wouldn't hurt him.
kayann writes: All kids need some interaction, my oldest daughter didn't interact now as an adult she has social problems she needs medication to be around people she don't no. My youngest daughter started the same way, I have gotten her into small groups even if its a mother daughter reading group, or our library has teen game times thjis way they can get together with other kids and still do what they like..