I hope this provides some hope - my son who I wrote about nearly two years ago is now heading off to college. He was bullied throughout high school and ended up spending a lot of time alone in his room but he found a passion in computer science. He has taught himself more than a dozen programming languages and got a big scholarship to college and couldn't be more excited to find kids like himself. I think he is more resilient and worldly wise than the "popular", super social kids he graduated with. Who says the popular scene is all it's cracked up to be, anyway? Continue to love your child and nurture his interests - it's the most important thing! And don't be hard on yourself - you sound very caring! Good luck, God bless!
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My soon to be 17 yr old has no strong friendships either and I feel your pain. I feel we haven’t provided him with enough resources and support and I don’t know where to turn. We tried a psychologist who was recommended but she was awful and he couldn’t get past the first appointment (she was confrontational and told him he was rude). He is super bright and intellectual and has trouble making small talk with kids his own age although he’s great with adults. The sad truth is school has become so intense and all -consuming that there is little time to prioritize friendships. Now suddenly he is free for the summer and his attempts at reaching out to kids to socialize are getting ignored. He is very shy and spends all his time in his room. He’s too old for me to arrange a social life for him. I feel helpless. Any advice welcome!
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