‘Should I advise my teenager about making friends?’

Ask the Expert: Here are ways to positively support her in developing social skills

Encourage your daughter to talk about her friends and listen without judgment as she shares details. Photograph: iStock

Encourage your daughter to talk about her friends and listen without judgment as she shares details. Photograph: iStock

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Question: My teenager struggles making friends and this is something that upsets her. When I watch her interact with other teenagers I can see the ways in which she acts that push people away (eg, talking mostly about television programmes/music that she loves, using very over the top language (everything is the best thing ever).

Should I give her (unsolicited) advice on this, or is it better for her confidence to just let her be who she is?

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