My teenage son plays the clown to win friends

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - PARENTING -

MY 14-year-old boy is re­ally strug­gling at the mo­ment with the need for con­stant peer ap­proval. He thinks that by do­ing crazy and out­ra­geous acts, his peers will think he’s re­ally “cool” and that ev­ery­one will want to hang out with him. For ex­am­ple, last night he went to a friend’s house and shaved all his hair off while this was videoed and posted on so­cial me­dia. He recog­nises that he just puts on a front with these “friends”, and un­der­neath he is dev­as­tated for do­ing it. Have you any ad­vice to help him with the per­son­al­ity crisis he is hav­ing?

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