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Helping Youth Learn How to Make Friends


My 9-year-old son is smart but he is not good at making friends. How can I help him get more social interaction with other children his age?



Let’s start with a question: What are your son's God-given talents? Help him make friends by developing those talents. Then get him involved with other boys who have similar interests. That's how we make friends — by having things in common with others.  After being around these kids with similar interests, invite one of them over for a few hours to play. Perhaps the child's mother would like to come along too. If he is not into sports and has tried team play, then help him expand his experiences. Many communities offer reasonably priced summer camps through the YMCA. ​The Cub Scouts is another organization where your son could learn to interact with other boys his age.