Helping Kids Deal With Changing Friendships

by Becky Baudouin

When my 12-year-old daughter's group of friends began to split up, here's what I did to help her navigate these changes while not taking sides:

I encouraged her to think of ways a friendship could bend instead of break.

I shared examples from my life about how friendships went through seasons.

I emphasized the long term over the immediate — reminding her to remain friendly with all the girls, even if she wasn't spending as much time with them.


This article appeared in the April/May 2015 issue of Thriving Family magazine and was titled "Flexible Friendships." Copyright © 2015 by Becky Baudouin. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.


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