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Slippery slope: How do I downgrade a relationship with a best friend?

May 18, 2011 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, I made a friend three years ago who fast became a best friend. She came along when I really needed her — I was freshly divorced, and I needed a friend to help me find my backbone again. She’s gutsy, takes no prisoners, and is very loyal. I’ve always known there are [...]

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Is this friendship worth “the talk”?

Sometimes there’s nothing to talk about QUESTION Hi Irene, I am so glad I came across your blog, what a wonderful one it is too! My friendship dilemma is a lengthy one but I will do my best to keep it to the point. A couple years ago in my second year of university I [...]

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There’s one in every bunch

April 11, 2011 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, I was Googling ‘toxic friends’ and came across your blog. I am friends with a pretty great group of women, with the exception of one. I don’t much care for her. She is, in my opinion, toxic, and I would rather not spend time with her.   Unfortunately, a couple of my [...]

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Guest Post: How to handle toxic teen friendships

April 8, 2011 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

Teens are hard-pressed to know when they should phase out a friendship—even toxic teen friendships.

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Toxic friendships: It takes two

March 14, 2011 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

It takes two people to define a friendship. So if your friend has no boundaries, it’s also true that you haven’t set any limits.

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Nothing but trouble: Mom can’t stand her teen’s BFF

February 14, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Adolescence is a time of exploration and teens often “try out” different ways of being, which includes picking different kinds of friends. Your question has been raised on this blog many times before. In response to one reader, I shared some tips for moms facing this dilemma.

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5 Ways To Improve Your Friendships in 2010

January 3, 2010 | By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

Whether it’s the occasion of a birthday or an anniversary, or the passing of another year or of another decade, it’s human nature to periodically take stock of things. Turning the page on the calendar means looking back and looking forward, which often brings into bold relief those aspects of our lives where we think [...]

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The Bad Friend: What’s a mom to do?

December 5, 2009 | By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

Most parents have the unsettling experience of their children bringing home a “bad friend.” Here’s some advice for moms facing this dilemma.

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Middle school frenemies: Why are girls so mean?

December 4, 2009 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Every mother knows how tough middle school friendships can be for young women. Dara Chadwick is a freelance journalist and writer who spent a year chronicling her Weight Loss Diary for Shape Magazine. That experience and her interviews and discussions with her readers led her to reflect on the effect that mothers have on their [...]

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Friendship by the Book: I’m So Happy for You

November 21, 2009 | By | Reply Continue Reading

You may not be able to picture yourself in a relationship like that of Wendy and her college friend Daphne but in the larger-than-life caricatures of two quintessential New Yorkers, novelist Lucinda Rosenfeld captures the essence of many close female friendships.   Daphne Uberoff is stunningly beautiful and has all the trappings of material success; [...]

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