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Can you please recommend a teen community service group or community service opportunity or some other type of community group that my junior in HS daughter could be involved in. She's shy socially and isn't into dances or parties but would be much more inclined to be with an ongoing teen group that's doing community work or some kind of art or writing group. Thanks for any and all related ideas... daughter wanting to be more involved
My 14 year old daughter has a mild case of one of the muscular dystrophies. This causes some muscle weakness, but more significantly, learning difficulties in the classroom. Since the third grade, she has attended a very small school geared to giving students more one on one help and has done very well there. The problem is that there were only two other students in the middle school and they have both left! She is feeling very lonely this year. We would love to have her be able to interact with more teenagers, especially younger teenage girls. We live in Berkeley and I'm wondering if anyone can recommend someplace where she could become involved with other teenagers. We are open to church groups, classes, anything really, where the teenagers are kind and would be open to someone who is a little different, but basically just a kid wanting to have some fun and make friends. Mom
My last suggestion is a bit more limited. If you are a member of a religious group, many times there are youth groups. Good luck to you. jenny
Single parent dad here in Berkeley seeking advice on how to get my son over the 'new kid on the block' syndrome. I wnted to know were there any place for where kids would be able to easily make friends. My thinking is he cannot spend his teenage life stuck in the house, hanging with his boring dad. Any advice will be gretly apprciated.
Hello, we just moved to Berkeley (north hills) and are trying to ''connect'' to families with similar background and/or interests. We are academic family of secular Jewish background and our 14 year old son is now attending the Online High School for gifted at Stanford. He has many interests (chess, music, literature, philosophy, etc.), is quite advanced in piano and is interested in non-competitive sports. Because he is not attending the regular local school, meeting other teenagers with similar interests appears to be difficult. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Hello..I have a step daughter who spends every other weekend with her Dad and I in our house in Berkeley( and a few other days of the week) and the other times she is in Alamo with her Mom and Step-Dad. My problem is that she doesn't have any friends here. I know that the best way to make friends is to join an activity or class where she can meet other girls her age (which is going to be 13 in just a month) but because of the every other weekend arrangement, it doesn't work to be in most classes. She is very interested in fashion, makeup, softball, music and loves small children and pets.She is much more mature than her age suggests and really interested in the reality tv world which she watches quite a bit. I think she is a typical teenage girl who fits into the Walnut Creek type of world she lives in..not very alternative. Does anyone have any suggestions or are there other teenage girls out there who might be facing the same sort or problem? anon
It occurs to me that maybe you could spend some time with her in HER area. You mentioned her joining a group. What if she were to join a group in her neighborhood, why couldn't you take her on your weekends? Maybe it seems like a bother to have to drive back there again, but I can tell you from my niece's experience, it would have meant a lot to her, if her dad would have tried to accomodate her, instead of vice-versa, which is unfortunately, the case in many divorces. I applaud you for your concern and hope this insight helps. anon
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