03-04-2018 06:23 AM
03-04-2018 05:06 PM
When I was a young guy I was shy too. When I was at uni I did earth science, and had to do lots of field trips away with the other students. Some of these were a week or more long. We were always put into teams and forced to work together.
I think I learned a lot from those experiences (not just about rocks 'n stuff). It was different from a school camp (which at my school seemed to be full of airy-fairy personal development stuff). Maybe because we were there for a reason. Also, many of us didn't have any close friends in the group.
So, maybe an organised trip, or the Duke of Ed program, or volunteering for something? Something that throws him in with a bunch of similar aged kids in a residential environment. A challenge is good too, because it makes the kids grow a lot.
03-04-2018 05:49 PM
Hey there @TigersEye sounds like you have so much love and care for your son - such a beautiful thing to see. I am sure he senses that. Could you engage him in something he really loves doing? Maybe take him to a basketball game and gently open up the conversation to some questions at dinner before or after?
How can I help you with this? Are you okay with your peers? It is a hard one because I know some adolescent's don't mind just sticking to their own. My younger brother didn't come out of his shell until he was 18, some even longer. You sound like you're really tuned in though which is awesome. We have a free service for Australian Residents, ReachOut parents coaching, which can also be helpful with these sorts of issues
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