My 14 yr old (only) DD is so lonely and finds it almost impossible to make friends. She does have mild dyspraxia and is very shy. I have tried everything I can to find activities - you name it I've done it - and make contacts - which worked ok at primary school, but not any more at secondary. There are no friends outside school and weekends and holidays are very lonely and empty. It has had an impact on me too - mums who were friends have 'dried up' as their DDs don't seem to want to be friends anymore. I have read a lot of posts by people in the same situation and I know some teens grow out of this phase. I feel quite desperate about it - and worry that this will affect her badly in the future too. She is missing out on so much and I feel powerless. I dread her birthday and she doesn't get any invites at all now, poor soul. Just at the time when everyone else seems to be having a great time. She will have a go at things and is quite sporty and I wondered if anyone has sent their teen off on an adventure- type break as a confidence booster? Does anyone have any words of wisdom - or ideas? Thanks!