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  •  Well it takes a village (6+ / 0-)

    so you might consider which of your adult friends are able to stand by you.  If he's never had a father it might not hurt for him to have a male role model.  It would certainly help to find his special gift or talent and let him pursue it (he's probably not been exposed to music lessons, for example.  He can surely play intramural athletics if he's inclined, although he may be past the point where he'd get picked for a varsity team - but that's a matter of the culture i the local school district.)  Sometimes church groups can be good - that's a very situation-specific one.   And you might think about how he can get an opportunity to feel good about himself by doing something that serves others - walking the dogs at your local animal shelter, helping out in the food pantry, etc - something that gives him a sense of value, if he'll do it.  

    You might consider heading over to the school district in advance, if there's someone you trust, and explaining the situation so that you can get him into classes with teachers that can handle him if he presents a challenge - and those that might encourage him to try something he's never tried before (choir? drama club? )

    Of course he's a teen,  so he might reject anything you suggest.  You'll just have to see how it unfolds.  

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 06:01:31 PM PDT

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