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Family friendships: When a spat between families spills over to the kids

Published: July 24, 2014 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

When family friendships break up, children’s friendships can often be a casualty.

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The relationship between children’s friendships and those of their parents

Published: March 1, 2013 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

One of my closest friends for years has been claiming that her son, “D” and my son, C are “best friends.” I know that my son “C” has always had “D” close to his heart and considers him his bestie. But “D” treats my son very badly at school in front of peers.

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Can parents be friends if the kids don’t get along?

Published: September 12, 2011 | Last Updated: September 12, 2011 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Problems with kids’ friendships often spill over to their parents   QUESTION Dear Irene, My son and another couple’s son don’t get along. The other kid has some issues and has tried to hurt my son either verbally or physically several times over the past few years (put his hands around his neck a few […]

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Love my friend, not her problem child

Published: March 18, 2011 | Last Updated: March 18, 2011 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi, Irene. My husband and I are good friends with a couple and enjoy their company. However, they have a 5-year-old child who is completely unmanageable. He is mean to my daughter, violent toward other kids, loud, and demanding. The children of the other parents in our group of friends hate to be around […]

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Talking to a teenage daughter about friendships

Published: October 6, 2010 | Last Updated: April 23, 2016 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

Some tips on talking about friendship to your teenage daughter

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Guest Post: OMG–Now Even the BFF Isn’t PC

Published: June 19, 2010 | Last Updated: July 25, 2020 By | Reply Continue Reading

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 example, […]

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Should a child be allowed to have a best friend?

Published: June 17, 2010 | Last Updated: March 29, 2013 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

An article in the New York Times challenged the notion a child should be allowed to have a best friend. In my opinion, neither school officials nor parents should be “regulating” friendships.

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Guest post: Can a mother be a daughter’s best friend?

Published: May 3, 2010 | Last Updated: August 9, 2022 By | 17 Replies Continue Reading

We’ve all heard stories of (and some of us have witnessed up close) moms who are trying so desperately to be cool that they opt for the role of BFFs to their daughters instead of moms. But can a mother really be a daughter’s best friend?

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Friendship by the Book: An interview with Anne Roiphe

Published: September 22, 2008 | Last Updated: September 22, 2008 By | Reply Continue Reading

Epilogue (HarperCollins, 2008) is a gripping memoir by National Book Award finalist Anne Roiphe, who was forced to recompose her life after the sudden loss of her husband of 39 years. With compelling candor, Ms. Roiphe shares the intimate memories of her happy marriage and the uncertainties of her life as a new widow. In […]

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Generation Y Moms: Log on to connect to other moms

Published: September 18, 2008 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Gen Y moms (born between 1982 and 1995), AKA  babies of baby boomers) are pushing the digital envelope. Compared to Gen X moms before them, they are more likely to use the internet to form bonds with one another to hone their parenting skills. A research brief on MediaPost draws distinctions between the way the […]

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