My daughter just started middle school (6th grade). She has had one extremely best friend since kindergarten...they do everything together...to the exclusion of everyone else. I know other girls do like her...and I don't think she is really excluded by them...she seems to do it to herself. She is pretty shy socially (coming from a once cripplingly shy mom!)...but is very confident in other ways. She never has a problem speaking publicly in class, she and her best friend even composed and sang a song at the chorus concert in the spring in front of hundreds of people. She is academically gifted and, I'd say this even if I weren't her mom, very sweet and kind. Her teachers comment on how humble and helpful she is. She is quiet and enjoys quiet hobbies like reading, girl scouts, and crafts. She is definitely not concerned with being "cool" or trendy things. I've tried over the years to get her to spread her wings socially and include more friends in her life...but she is always satisfied with just her best friend. Now she is in middle school and does not see her friend much...I really worry about her not having at least a small group of friends. In social situations, if she sees that a girl is talking to another girl or is in a group, she will never approach them...I think she feels she is intruding. I really feel a group of friends is important in middle school...so much changes socially...friends can be a shield and a comfort through all that. How can I encourage her to open up without being a nag? I'm hoping she will be able to join some clubs soon...she is not athletic and so isn't on any teams. Any other thoughts? Should I even worry about this...or just let her be?