Our kids are excited to hit the doors on the last day of school, but if there’s not structured social life waiting, some teens may fall out of contact with peers. On the other hand, some parents worry too much about a teen or older child who seems isolate. That child may just be an introvert, preferring solitary activities to a lot of exciting social life. But when kids get worried and begin to wonder what happened to their friend group after school let out, parents should consider taking a few steps to smooth things out. In this Fox 4 Morning Show Segment, I discuss what parents can (and can’t) do to keep kids involved and also when to realize that not ever problem has a solution–it’s okay to be alone and even a little lonely at times. But kids should also remember this little point: there are more shy or even socially anxious kids out there than super-gregarious ones. The trick is helping them find each other. For young people who want that kind of meeting space, the greater KC metro has a host of summer activities that can help out.
Written by Wes Crenshaw, PhD ABPP CST
Wes Crenshaw, PhD is a Kansas Licensed Psychologist, author, and media commentator. Early in his career, Dr. Wes trained with some of the masters in the field and is skilled and experienced in working with families, teens, and couples. He coauthored the Double Take column in the Lawrence Journal-World weekly from 2004 to 2016. He is a frequent guest in Kansas City area media and writes for Your Teen, Attention, and ADDitude Magazines. Dr. Wes is certified as a sex therapist (AASECT) and Board Certified in Couples and Family Psychology (ABPP). He works both on specific issues of sexuality as well as offering sexuality-informed therapy for individuals and couples experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns. H authored the book, I Always Want to Be Where I'm Not: Successful Living with ADD and ADHD and is currently completing the book Consent-Based Sex Education: Guiding Teens in an Internet Age.