My daughter has developed a new friendship at school but the other child is a bit too full on. Other kids at school don’t play with this girl because they say she is “annoying”. From what I can see, I agree with them. I feel horrible saying that! I’ve always taught my daughter to be nice to everyone and treat others how you would like to be treated. I’m happy she’s such a good friend to all but this other kid just drains me. She’s constantly there, all the time. I went to school for a special mother’s day event and we even told the other girl we wanted family time and would be back in a little while. Walked off, turned around, and this girl was there, following us. Then when we stopped she was there, holding onto my child’s arm and really close to her. I found it uncomfortably close.
How would you navigate the friendship between the two? My daughter doesn’t like hurting others feelings so even though she has said it’s too much at times, she doesn’t want to say anything and make the other girl cry. The other girl has mentioned having a play date, which mine is happy with as she’s an only child, but I don’t know about it. I feel like my daughter is losing some of her friendships because this girl is always there and the friends are sick of it.
I know I’m a horrible person! What would you do? Let them navigate it themselves? Encourage it to just be a school friendship?
Posted anonymously, 7th May 2021