My teenage daughter has no friends
daughter’s personality that might cause her to be on the outer.
You say your husband was her teacher in the early days. Did he notice your daughter having any trouble with social cues?
Another suggestion is that you befriend some of the mothers? Invite families over and let your daughter socialise in a group situation. These suggestions will only work if your daughter actually wants your help. It may be that your strategising and interfering makes things worse for her.
If that’s the case, you might just have to be empathetic and listen. Help her find joy in things that are more alone. Once she loses the panic and desperation, she’ll be more attractive to her peer group.
You can guide your daughter in all aspects of socialisation but at the end of the day, she’ll have to figure this out for herself. We want to fix things for our children but this may be one thing you can’t fix.
Mary-anne Scott has raised four boys and written three novels for young adults, including Sticking With Pigs which was released in March 2018. (One Tree House). As one of seven sisters, there aren’t many parenting problems she hasn’t talked over. To send her a question email firstname.lastname@example.org with Dear Mary-anne in the subject line. Your anonymity is assured.
Many children find their schooldays tough and it’s not until they leave school that they find their real friends.