“A mum from my school community has come to me quite upset due to her child being picked on by another child for having only one parent. The parent of the child who picked on hers, she thought of as a friend and she had thought that their children had got on well. This other mother knows the circumstances of why there is only one parent in the family, and my friends child has been quite upset about what has been said and doesn’t understand the reason why they have been hurt in such a mean and terribly hurtful way, by their classmate and ‘friend’. My friend doesn’t want the situation to worsen, but also worries that if they talk to the other mother about it, that is exactly what will happen. On the other hand, if she leaves it alone, lets the school handle it and continue to comfort her child after every ordeal, it will worsen anyway – a Catch 22 situation. She has pulled back from the other mother due to other circumstances but has tried to remain friendly with her. But this situation with her child has her quite upset and her only thought is to protect her child. Have any other mums out there been in a similar situation and if so, how did they handle it? What did they do? Any advice, please?” How do you deal with and awkward situation between friends?