I'm a parent to a preteen who has recently started showing signs of social withdrawal and isolation. My child used to be very outgoing and playful, but these days they prefer to be alone in their room rather than hanging out with friends or family. I've tried talking to them about it, but they just clam up and say they're fine.
I'm worried that something might be bothering them or they might be going through a difficult time. I want to be there for my child and help them overcome their social withdrawal or isolation, but I'm not sure how to go about it.
Has anyone else experienced this with their preteen? What are some effective ways to handle this situation? I'm open to any suggestions or advice that you all might have. Thank you in advance.