This is the same
kid. He's almost (in one month) thirteen. He's very shy, introverted and has a hard time making friends and is socially awkward (like I was, and still am). He's also very down on himself. He'll say that he won't be able to do something before trying. When he does try something new, he gives up easily -- so he doesn't really have any outside/social interests. We encourage everything
he wants to try. He liked a theater camp he was in over the summer, but is convinced he wasn't any good (he was!). He likes science and history and does well in school. We tell him he's wonderful, smart, funny, and indulge his computer game time (Steam/TF2, Minecraft) which he really loves.
He can be lighthearted and happy (usually when playing/talking about games), He can be very loving and sweet and wants to please people. I really like hanging out with him cause he's a cool kid -- his dad feels the same way. But at this point, he wants other kids to hang out with, not just mom and dad (and a younger sister). He has two friends, but they're frequently not available (they have outside/social interests). He's dreading school. We saw the very beginnings of bullying last year (on the bus) and I'm determined to make sure it doesn't happen this year. Both my husband and talk to him about what he's feeling, but it's hard to drag it out of him. He says "I'm fine." a lot when he clearly isn't.
How can I tell if this is normal stuff for his age? Can anyone share ideas that might've helped when you were thirteen?