Writing in Flare Magazine, Katherine Simpson writes a tongue-in-cheek piece about her online search for a bestie (BFF).
Mother’s Day celebrates motherhood—as well as children, flowers, candy, and greeting cards. But there’s a seedy side to everything—and motherhood is a known friendship-killer. Motherhood can challenge female friendships for a variety of reasons: You are a mother, and your BFF isn’t one and wants to be one. Her fertility problems are making her extremely […]
If you feel like a second-tier friend, it’s not a friendship of equals QUESTION Dear Irene, I’ve been friends with a woman for about four years now. As time progressed, we became closer, or so I thought. We both moved here from other areas and I introduced her to our neighborhood book club, my hairstylist, etc. The […]
BFF n. (pl. BFFs) informal a girl’s best friend: my BFF’s boyfriend is cheating on her. – ORIGIN 1996: from the initial letters of best friend forever. Just a couple of days ago, I mentioned that friendship generally isn’t newsworthy. But for the second time this week, friendship is making the news. The Oxford […]
By Diane Auer-Jones I read this morning in The New York Times that some schools, teachers, and even summer-camp counselors are working hard to disrupt best friend relationships and, instead, encourage youngsters to be part of big groups. Some schools and camps go so far that they intentionally break up best friends by, for […]
QUESTION Dear Irene, I am an only child and have a friend named Linda (who is also an only) whom I’ve known since first grade. She is due to give birth to a baby girl and two months ago asked me to throw her shower for 50 people with the help of her mother and […]
QUESTION Dear Irene, Over the course of my life I’ve had two or three best friends, relationships that ended for one reason or another. Although I have a good marriage with a wonderful man, I’ve always felt incomplete without a best friend. Four years ago I bonded with someone who had been an acquaintance for […]