Teenage Social skills
My daughter has always refused to leave the house during the summer, but she normally leaves around 4 times with her friends. This year she refuses to leave. She would much rather watch Netflix all day and occasionally read. Whenever I bring it up she claims she gets out enough because she has a drivers ed class every weekday for a months (it's only 3hrs a day at most). She is more than willing to run errands with me during the weekends. It's not like I don't love having her around, but my oldest has never had these issues getting out of the house. I am worried she isn't developing the social skills she needs. What can I do?
My advice: nix the netflix. Make a deal - go out at and do something with other kids, friends, whatever, several times a week, or no movies. It's not like you're making her eat worms, or locking her in the basement. You just want to apply a little leverage to get her out among peers. She'll thank you for it later.
Ben Schwarcz, MFT
Click here to post comments
Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ask a Therapist.