When teens have no friends

Michael Bradley, EdD Adolescent Psychologist, shares advice for parents on the best steps to take when your teenage child doesn't have any friends and how to help them make friends
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When teens have no friends

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If your child has no friends, this is an instance where you do want to mobilize and take an action. First of all understand that being without friends is terribly damaging to an adolescent. They are built to have friends, to socialize, they learn so much from that interaction it's a critical developmental time. Don't sit back and say when he is in college, when he is adult he'll have friends. The doors closes. The kids who don't have friends, successful relationship as teenagers have much higher rates of delinquency, drug addiction, depression even suicide and very difficult times establishing successful adult relationships, this is big time concern. So what do you do, first tell your child that the friend game as an adolescent is pretty much like tennis. Some people are really good at it, some people are just not good at it but it is a skill it is not her soul, it is a skill she can learn. And say sweetie, this is so important, I am going to ask the counselor to help you with the learning the friend skills. Why should a parent not do it? Because a child who has no friends feel so ashamed and so worthless, it so painful to deal with the parent. So you want to get an outsider, a counselor involved to help her learn how to play that game.

Michael Bradley, EdD Adolescent Psychologist, shares advice for parents on the best steps to take when your teenage child doesn't have any friends and how to help them make friends

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Michael J. Bradley, EdD

Psychologist, Author & Speaker

Michael J. Bradley, EdD, award-winning author, has counseled adolescents and their parents for over 30 years and currently has a private practice in suburban Philadelphia. As a recognized specialist in adolescent behavior and parenting, Dr. Bradley is in demand as a speaker and facilitator for mental health professionals, educators, and parenting groups. He has appeared on over 400 radio and television shows, including CNN, The Today Show and Good Morning, America, and has been interviewed by numerous magazines and newspapers such as USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Parents Magazine. His website forum is a great source of advice and encouragement to parents.

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