Second, there is nothing wrong with being an introvert.In fact, kudos to your daughter for knowing (it seems to me) that she needs alone time to decompress. Your daughter seems to be aware that unlike extroverts she does not get replenished by being with peers constantly. There is nothing inherently superior about being an extrovert.” This mother remains gleefully involved in aspects of her daughter’s life from which most of us kindly shield our parents.They go clubbing and shopping together, and every gruesome relationship detail is candidly discussed (even, on occasion, witnessed). Wendy Bristow, a London-based psychotherapist, says: “It’s not particularly healthy to try and be your daughter’s best friend, or to treat your mother as your soul mate.Unless I am missing something her—your heart should be full of pride rather than breaking. She is the co-author of Teenage As A Second Language (Adams Media). Barbara Greenberg is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of teens, children, and families.She writes and consults for several publications and frequently appears on TV. She is the co-author of Teenage As A Second Language (Adams Media).Many of us are happy and highly-functioning individuals who have no prom pictures to share. My guess is that if she really wants to go to the prom, then she will make it happen.And, if she doesn’t, then she can wear the dress on another occasion. Barbara Greenberg is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of teens, children, and families.
It’s everything in my heart, magically put perfectly into words. If that just isn’t possible then ask over the phone. None of this “let’s hang out at my place & watch a movie” nonsense. It doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate or immensely creative. My worry is that she only has one close friend who goes to another high school. She is a good and hard-working student, plays lacrosse and is a valued teammate. Now regarding your concerns—you are worried that your daughter is suffering because she only has one good friend. For some kids, it’s a choice to have one good friend.Prom is around the corner—my daughter has a dress but no date for prom or a group of friends to go with. Additionally, she is both helpful and involved in student government. It may be very comfortable for your daughter who has such a busy life, peopled by so many of her peers, to be close to one friend only.Third, going to a prom does not usually make or break a sturdy teen. I’m wondering if your daughter is as concerned about it as you are.If it is more of a concern for you, then please don’t pass your anxiety on to your daughter. She is a hard worker with good grades; she plays lacrosse and gets along with her teammates; and she is involved in student government.