Mary Jo was quoted recently in the article, How to Get Your Kid Out of a Toxic Friendship, by Christine Roher, which appeared on the mom.me website.
I’m witnessing my 10-year-old daughter’s friendships become more complicated. When there’s a tiff, it’s not as easily forgotten as it once was. There’s more drama. Girls are forming cliques. I’ve even heard stories about “mean girl” behavior.
While my daughter isn’t a “mean girl,” she’s friends with a girl who can be trouble. This girl latched on to my daughter a few years back (my daughter is on the shy side), and she hasn’t let go. This girl is known to disrupt class, disrespect adults and pick on other kids (including my daughter). I wouldn’t call this girl’s behavior severe, and I often think she may outgrow it. But it still disturbs me, and I wonder: Do I need to be concerned about this girl, this friendship? The short answer is yes, according to psychotherapist and parenting author Mary Jo Rapini.
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