Girlhood can be extremely difficult. Drama and social demands are constantly on the radar. Girls can find it challenging to socially navigate. This can cause peer-related struggles. As a parent, this can be heart-breaking. We wish everyone could see the amazing things our child offers the world. If your child is struggling socially, the best thing you can do for them is to help support and guide them. It is important to know you cannot force anything and miracles don’t happen overnight. All good things take time.
The inability to make friends or maintain relationships can be discouraging, especially during the school years. Kids spend a majority of their time at school. This is a place to learn, grow, and foster friendships that will last a lifetime. Without friends, it can be the loneliest time in one’s life. Often, kids don’t want to ask for help or they don’t know how to ask for help. They tend to think something is wrong with them or the world is against them. As a parent, there are several things you can and should do to help your child find their fit in the social world.
Girls just wanna have fun & friends
Connecting with peers is a source of confusion, frustration, and stress for some girls. It is important that you reassure your child that their social struggles are not a character flaw. Let them know that making friends is just something that takes practice. You can give them advice on how to build bonds. Have mock conversations with them. Let them introduce themselves, find things you have in common, and compliment them. This is a great foundation to build friendships upon.
Confidence plays a huge role in building friendships. Have your child acknowledge the great things they have to offer. Maybe their strengths are their sense of humor, their kindness, their ability to be helpful. Discuss how these can be used to nurture friendships.
Have your child list what they look for in a friend. Encourage them to get involved in activities where these kinds of friends may be. They can easily feel alone in their struggles, but you should offer them assurance that they are not. You cannot make friends for them, so let them take the lead. Talking about it and showing them support can be super beneficial.
Solstice East can help
Solstice East is a residential treatment center for young women ages 14-18 struggling with behavior and emotional issues such as those that can stem from peer-relationship struggles. This program focuses on helping young women heal, recover, and integrate healthy habits into their lives. Students will learn to build healthy relationships, cope with emotions, and effectively communicate. Solstice East gives young women the skills and confidence they need to lead happy and healthy lives. We can help your family today!
Contact us at 800-975-7303.