This reply was originally posted by user Theresa787 in ADDitude’s now-retired community.
Motherofkings- I’m so sorry to hear you both are going through that. My 6 1/2 year old son (1st grade) is also. For some reason, he makes friends easily with older kids (5th graders+) and young kids (littles 4 and younger). It breaks my heart too. I know exactly what you are going through.
To help our son with making friends we came up with the following plan. We are making it a priority this year to:
1- schedule play dates with kids in his class, with hopes of making friendships
2- taking Jui Jitsu to boost confidence
3- use the various school/classroom Facebook pages to network with parents, asking what their boys are doing after school (sports teams, music classes…)
School just began for us too. Every night I remind him how much fun he is to play with and that whoever gets to play with him is so lucky.