Our expert says:
In so many ways him being shy around girls is very age-appropriate. Early teens have usually become aware of themselves sexually and also who they are attracted to but often do not act on this until they are a little older, around 15-16 years. This varies hugely depending on the person, but his lack of confidence with girls is very typical of his age.
You are correct when you suggest he should just be himself. Socially things will realy take off in the mid-teens and this is when people often meet others for the first time. With relationships you can't make things happen but you can certainly become more confident so that you are able to let things happen.
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