Reply To: 10 year old sad and lonely

Penny Williams

The gap between our kids and their peers is super tough, especially around ages 10-14 when it widens a lot. My son didn’t have real friends until 8th grade, age 13-14. It sometimes just takes longer to happen for our kids.

The best thing you can do is get him involved in activities and clubs around things he’s really good at, interested in, or passionate about. That will help overcome some of the social awkwardness when they have similar interests. And let him hang out with younger kids too — that’s okay.

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