Here is my problem… my six year old, who is in first grade is loving, energetic and very kind. All she wants to do is make friends and play, but for some reason she has trouble making friends that stick. She is very outgoing and doesn’t have any problems going up to a group of kids and trying to start a game, but when the game is over, all the kids seem to gravitate away from her and stick to their other friends. She then started telling me that she was playing with a new little girl that is in her class at school and who also goes to her after school program. I was so excited. My daughter had mentioned that she would like to have a playdate with her and I was starting to think of how to get in contact with her mom. Then a couple days ago I picked up my daughter and her friend was there. We chatted for a moment and then my daughter walked away to get something when the other little girl said, “Ummm… she REALLY likes me.” I smiled and told the girl that I thought that was great that they were friends, but because she made a strange face when she said it, I asked the girl, “And you like to play with her, right?”. The other girl responded with, “No, not really – she just follows me around everywhere.” I was heartbroken. Here my daughter is thinking she has found a new best friend and says she plays with her every day to find out that this girl doesn’t even like her. One of the problems I think may be is that my daughter tries too hard. How do I get her to make some close friendships and also how do I delicately tell her to stop following this girl around?
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