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Ex BFFs: How To Help Your Child Handle A Friendship Breakup

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By mia bolaris-forget

I recently spoke to one of my besties who confided that her pre-tween daughter experienced one of the first setbacks in “friendship”. That’s right, the right of passage and the decision to be part of a clique or to be eliminated. And, she soon found herself on other side of being in the “in” crowd. While certainly a disappointment to your and your child, it’s all part of growing up. And, while your first reaction may be to step in and try to straighten things out and smooth things over, or talking to the child’s ex-bestie’s mom, you are better off letting them sort thing out on their own. Remember relationship challenges will be part of life on many and various levels as your child grows and he or she needs to learn to deal with frustration, disappointment and even how to confront others effectively; as well as learning how to, if possible, kiss and make up. You should also refrain from being harsh or judging, but instead simply listening, especially since kids forgive, forget and move on much quicker than adults. However, if your child is unable to cope or come out of this temporary setback, it’s at this point that you should step in slowly and lovingly and begin to intervene.

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