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I have few friends and worry about my daughters’ friendships

Published: February 20, 2014 | Last Updated: February 20, 2014 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

A mother wonders whether she is responsible for her daughters not having friends.

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Mean girls at Montessori Preschool

Published: December 8, 2011 | Last Updated: April 8, 2016 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

A mother worries about her 5-year-old’s mean friends at Montessori Preschool.

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The Phase Out (Times Two)

Published: July 25, 2011 | Last Updated: July 25, 2011 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

When friends are always busy and never initiate contact, they may be trying to step back from the friendship~   QUESTION Dear Irene, For the last couple of years my friend has been slowly but surely phasing me out of her life. I’m no longer invited to events and she’s usually busy when I suggest […]

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Friendship by the Book: Pieces of Happily Ever After

Published: February 2, 2010 | Last Updated: February 2, 2010 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Although it’s sometimes hard to accept, life never evolves like a fairy tale. Journalist and author Irene Zutell’s latest novel, Pieces of Happily Ever After (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2009), sensitively captures the inevitable struggles that women encounter along the way, including: infidelity, divorce, balancing care for children and parents, juggling work and family, growing up, […]

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Middle school frenemies: Why are girls so mean?

Published: December 4, 2009 | Last Updated: October 21, 2014 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Every mother knows how tough middle school friendships can be for young women.

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Friendship by the Book: An interview with Alexa Young, author of Frenemies

Published: June 28, 2008 | Last Updated: November 27, 2012 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Some of the most painful and unexpected girlfriend breakups occur during the roller-coaster middle-school years. Alexa Young’s engaging new teen novel, Frenemies (HarperTeen, 2008) is a book that moms will want their daughters to read in preparation for this rude awakening. The book tells the story of two eighth-graders and BFFs, Halley Brandon and Avalon Greene, who have always agreed on everything. But after spending a summer apart, they’ve changed—physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually.

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