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Is it okay for me to get my 14-year-old daughter out of this friendship dilemma?

Published: October 22, 2011 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading
Should this parent intervene in the friendship of her 14-year-old daughter?


Hi Irene,

My daughter, Bethany, her older sister, and I were invited to her friend Dawn’s sister’s wedding. The bride and my older daughter became friendly over the years; Bethany and Dawn, who are now both 14 years old and in high school, were best friends since second grade.

The two girls usually did everything together until Dawn began keeping her separate from her other friends and then not contacting her. My daughter’s summer was horrible because she kept hoping to see her friend and it never happened.

About a month ago, after I bought Bethany your book, Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend, she decided to call her friend and talk about their relationship. Dawn told her she wasn’t her best friend and that she did not have a best friend anymore.

Today’s question: Bethany is a little uncomfortable around Dawn now. Initially, she cried a lot but is handling the loss of the friendship pretty well. Your book helped her understand the friendship better than she had before. She is making new friends in high school and found out that the homecoming dance is the same day/night as Dawn’s sister’s wedding. Should Bethany go to the wedding? Do I need to make her go or can I get her out of it? Or can I allow her to skip it and enjoy the time with other new friends at the school dance?

Plans for Bethany to go to the wedding were made so long ago when the two girls were in a different place in their relationship. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. We both loved your book and read it together one night.

Thanks, Pat


Hi Pat,

Speak to Bethany and see what feels most comfortable for her. While you may feel some obligation to the bride and her family, your daughter’s feelings need to be your first priority.

If Bethany prefers to go to the homecoming dance with her friends, support her choice and tell her that you’ll graciously explain to the bride that she has a competing commitment. My guess is that both Bethany AND Dawn will feel relieved. The bride is probably more concerned about your older daughter being at her wedding.

It’s great that you have a close relationship with your daughter and can support her through some of the land mines that occur with regard to teen friendships. I‘m so happy to hear that my book was helpful in this regard.

Warm regards, Irene

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