Making Friends

My daughter started Secondary School in September but she doesn’t seem to have made any friends yet. Is there anything I can do to help or should I just let her get on with it?

Make it clear you’ll welcome anyone she chooses to bring back for a meal or to play, and that you will take her to wherever she needs to go to make contacts. You can also raise her self esteem by valuing her and encouraging her and by sharing the fact that making friends isn’t always easy and that’s no reflection on her.

It’s possible she just needs the confidence to break through the cliques that always develop in classes after a big change. Talk over with her how people have divided up in her class and whether there’s anyone she’d like to be friends with. ‘Role play’ or playact how she might approach them to make friends.

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