Don't be too worried if your teen isn't very social. Many parents would kill to have a kid like that
Dear Dr. Wolf,
Our 18-year-old son does well in school, has a part-time job, and is a kind, responsible person. He is planning to go to university next year. We're concerned, however, about his social skills and self-confidence. He has always been quiet and introverted, with just a few friends. He rarely goes out and prefers to spend time at home.
We've tried to talk to him about stepping outside his comfort zone, but he gets defensive. We're unsure whether there's something serious bothering him and whether he needs professional help.
Dear Concerned Parents,
Some teenagers seem less socially active than their peers. They have fewer friends than their parents would have expected. They rarely go out. They prefer to be at home.