Do your teens experience any of these issues?? And, if so, how do you handle it??
My oldest just seems so down...it could be the lack of friends, and if it is, I have no idea how to help him. I have offered every avenue to meet new kids I can imagine, even private school, but he doesn't seem interested. He is interested in a couple of activities, but I really have to coax him or just sign him up for anything else. He says he'd rather just stay home after the two activities he does have...I don't think that is normal. (On a side note: he has been hurt by some kids who he thought were his friends and may not want to put himself out there again. He was rejected by the "cool" kids and now is having a hard time seeking out friends. He is much older than his age, but those kids thought he was too young...the younger kids, even those his age, seem too young to him....)
His academics are going OK, he seems to be interested in what we're doing, well, most of the time. He isn't rebellious and doesn't have a temper....just so down. He is going through something right now that I can't seem to help him with...and I hate to push, but I feel the need to help.
He does have two friends but isn't "connecting" with them right now...isn't interested in what they are into. I guess would rather be alone....sometimes I can tell that when we are out, he just wants to go home.
Please give me some advice, words of encouragement, something...
And please pray for him. Thanks.