Some are plagued with anxious thoughts about whether or not they are liked. Some suffer from lack of social skills, not knowing how to start a conversation. How can you help?
First, accept your teen as he/she is. Don’t push him/her beyond his/her abilities to cope at the moment. Help your teen take little steps toward conquering his/her shyness, to the extent that he/she can function in ways that he wants. The discomfort of shyness can fade with loving support and encouragement.
Second, if your teen lacks social skills, help him/her to learn. Role play beginning conversations or asking questions. Practice builds confidence.
Third, take care with your criticism. Let your teen know that he/she is loved and that your don’t expect perfection.
Rememner no-one is perfect anyway.