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No friends - December 15th 2015, 02:35 AM

I've always had a lot of friends when I was in public school but now that I'm homeschooled I don't really have any friends. I've been homeschooled for three years now and I love it but I have really lost a lot of friend besides one that I've known my whole life. I don't want to go back to public school just to make friends, I don't want to play sports to meet new people, none of that stuff. Any advice on making new friends?

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Re: No friends - December 15th 2015, 03:24 AM

You're right; if you are enjoying being homeschooled, you shouldn't have to go back to public school for the sole purpose of making friends. I am sorry you have lost a lot of friends and are having trouble making new friends currently, though. That must be quite lonely.

Does the friend you've known your whole life have any additional friends? If so, perhaps your friend could introduce you to them, and you could get to know them when you hang out with your current friend. Other than that, are there any neighbors your age that you could get to know?

I understand not wanting to play sports just to meet new people especially if you don't like sports, but is there anything else you are into? Karate class for example - you could meet new people there, but that's just an example. Is there anything else you enjoy that there are classes for that allow you to socialize also?

Have you spoken to your parents about how you've wanted to meet new people lately since you don't have many friends? Some areas have groups for parents and teens who are homeschooled so that both parents and children can socialize and develop friendships.

Wishing you the best of luck in making new friends! Take care and hang in there.
   
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Re: No friends - December 15th 2015, 09:22 AM

Making friends can be quite challenging when you are home-schooled.
I was never home-schooled but I know people that were.
In talking to them, I found out that their local area had organized programs for social interaction/peer interaction for children that were home-schooled.
It may help for you to talk to your mom about this and see if she can connect with other parents about groups that may exist locally for you. If none exist, maybe this can inspire you to create a group yourself to help other teens in similar circumstances.
Also I knoe of some places where the children are home-schooled but their parents split up the teaching so on Monday's they will learn math or science and Wednesday they learn English, take some classes independently and then they meet again in a week to go over the work that is due.
Hope this helps in some way and good luck!
   
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Re: No friends - December 15th 2015, 09:28 AM

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I don't really have much to add to Nala's post but just one thing I do have to add is, sometimes making friends online is a good way to make friends. It is a quite risky idea but a lot of the time, great friendships arise from the internet and if they live close you can meet up with them. Even if they don't live close you can call, or Skype, or basically anything that involves talking to each other really. If they don't want to Skype or something though, its probably best not to talk to them again unless they suggest another means of seeing each other face to face. Also don't meet up with them unless you have seen them as well, even a picture of them doing something you ask them to, like holding up 3 fingers or something like that.

But the internet can be an amazing place to make friends, especially as you can find people with common interests and its great. Going outside would probably be the best choice though, I just wanted to put this one out there if you don't like going outside or you can't make any friends in the real world, or you can't join a club or something, basically anything.

I wish it all goes well and I hope to hear more about what happens later on


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Re: No friends - December 16th 2015, 05:08 AM

Thank you guys for replying and giving me advice. I have definitely tried the homeschool group thing but the people there are just not my type. And meeting people online has always been a thing with me, it's just that through the experience in the past of people online just disappearing after feeling like I have a connection with them I then don't want to really make any new friends online.
   
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