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Insha’Allah you could ask him of his interests so that you may be able to engage him in such activities.
You may also wish to observe his interests and work around those as far as activities. In this way, if he is shy or lacks self confidence,oOffer him something that he likes. He may be more likely to feel confident when doing these activities in a group setting.
Find out what his special interests are and try to find classes that relate to his interests.
Thank you for writing to us. Your son may be feeling self-conscious or socially awkward. At this age, while children are becoming more independent, they are also becoming more aware of themselves in a social context.
He may have low confidence and feel he cannot complete an activity as well as the other children. He may just be suffering from shyness.
At this age, he is prepubescent. As you know, a lot of changes are going on within him emotionally. There are beginning changes in his body as his hormones are waking up.
Please do have a talk with him (if you have not already). Or have his dad speak with him about puberty and what to expect in regards to feelings, urges, self-perception and bodily changes. Assure him it is normal and encourage him to ask questions.
As he is a boy, it may be best if his dad talked with him. He could share some of his experiences as a young boy going through pre-puberty and puberty. Discuss these important life changes and growth with your son. It may alleviate any fears or concerns he may have if any.
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Insha’Allah you could ask him of his interests so that you may be able to engage him in such activities. You may also wish to observe his interests and work around those as far as activities.
In this way, if he is shy or lacks self-confidence, offer him something that he likes. He may be more likely to feel confident when doing these activities in a group setting. Insha’Allah please do find out what his special interests are and try to find classes that relate to his interests.
You may also see if you can invite one of his friends to join him in an activity. You may also want to see if any of the boys at the Masjid he goes to are involved in activities. Get him involved with them.
Consider insha’Allah study groups for boys at the Masjid as well as fun activities.
While I am not sure where you live, I do know that in major cities in the US the Islamic centers offer many activities for teens and pre-teens. Some are educational and others are for fun, sports or other interests.
If your son has someone to share activities with, he may be more willing to participate. He may feel less self-conscious (if indeed he does feel this way).
While you are concerned now and rightfully so, please rest assured that this is usually a normal phase that some children go through. As they get a little older they quickly outgrow it. You may wish he was staying home more often rather than attending various activities!
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