my 11 year old often tells me about the bullying behavior from one of her friends. this friend's mom and i are friends. i have seen her kid being mean to other kids and talking really mean and cruel stuff about other kids behinds their backs. this morning the mom called me and asked if i had noticed another of the girls friends "being mean" to her daughter. i have noticed her daughter being mean, and the girl in question defending herself against it, but other than that, just normal girl dynamics. i told the mom they are all mean to each other sometimes and left it at that.
should i have told her that her daughter seems to be the main meanie, or did i do the right thing?
it's gotten to the point that my daughter doesn't want to play with this girl anymore.
Asked by Anonymous at 2:36 PM on May. 1, 2009 in Tweens (9-12)
You were smart to do what you did. I would probably let the girls work it out themselves. Parents are not usually very "open" to hear that their child did something wrong (EVEN IF THEY DID). Just arm your daughter with knowledge on how to stand up for herself and how to deal with bullies/mean kids. http://astore.amazon.com/wwwcjkidzcom3-20?%5Fencoding=UTF8&node=8 It sounds like your daughter already figured out by not playing with the other girl anymore.
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