Helping Your Teen Make and Keep Friends

make and keep friends

Reading time: 3 minutes

Suitable for: Families of secondary-age children

Trying to help your older child make friends can be a challenge. While younger child expect you to take an active role in helping them, teenagers may struggle to accept your help.

Children’s friendships are complex. They’re likely to make and fall out with friends throughout their childhood. It helps them learn how to communicate with others, problem solve, and develop social skills.

Many children have lots of friends, while others stick with one best friend. Some children struggle to make and keep positive friendships and will need extra support to tackle specific difficulties. 

Ways to help your teen make friends

Lots of children find it difficult to make friendships. Understanding why your child is struggling can help you plan ways to best support them.




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