Home > Kids > Childhood Development > Social and Emotional Development > Social Skills > Mother Interferes in Child's Friendship
|

Expert Iconexpert advice MORE

Mother Interferes in Child's Friendship

Middle School Expert Advice from Connie Collins

Q: My 15-year-old daughter had a falling out with a friend she has had since she was 5. I tend to leave this between the girls, and encourage my daughter to get beyond the misunderstanding and apologize if someone's feelings have been hurt, even if it wasn't intentional. The other mom decided to interfere, and confronted my daughter, leaving her upset and confused. This was truly a small matter, and the mom never gave my daughter a chance to explain her side of the story. Do I contact the mom? Is it appropriate for a parent to interfere with a falling out between her daughter and a friend?

A: I think that you handled the girls' situation quite wisely. It sounds as if the other mom escalated the issue way beyond its importance. I would suggest that your calling her would only further the escalation. Instead, I would focus on assuring your daughter, and as you said, to let the girls sort it out.

More on: Expert Advice

Connie Collins, professional school counselor, worked for 35 years in public education as a teacher and counselor at the middle school and secondary levels. Collins worked daily with the parents of the students in her various schools, and has facilitated several parenting groups.


Please note: This "Expert Advice" area of FamilyEducation.com should be used for general information purposes only. Advice given here is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. Before using this Expert Advice area, please review our General and Medical Disclaimers.

highlights

Special Books for the Kids You Love
Celebrate 20 years of sharing love to the moon and back with the anniversary edition of Guess How Much I Love You, one of the world’s best-loved picture books. Plus, search our Book Finder for more great book picks. Brought to you by Candlewick Press.

Vote Now for the Children's & Teen Choice Book Awards
Voting is open now through May 3 for the Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards — the only national book awards program where the winning author, illustrator, and books of the year are selected by young readers. Encourage your child to vote for his favorites today!

Top 10 Math & Science Apps for Your Whiz Kid
Looking for the best math and science apps for kids? Check out these cool apps for all ages, which will grow your child's love of the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Wondering what to do now that you've signed your child up for kindergarten? Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks