I'm not quite sure what to do with this one. Not sure there is much I can do.
I have 11 year old twin girls that are in the 5th grade. Neither are big in the friend departmentm, never have been. S is MUCH more outgoing however and has some school friends. B is shy and bookish and sticks to herself. She tends to rely on her sister to make the friends or she'll just hang out with her sister.
This year their is a new girl at school that has befriended B. I thought this is great until I found out that this girl is a bit of a problem. She acts out and none of the other kids like her. She is a very in your face kind of kid. B is a patient child and has learned how to deal with this new girl's ways.
The teacher rearranged the classroom so that they weren't sitting next to each other at one point and then rearranged again to put B back next to this girl. I think B is the only child that can deal with this other girl.
The problem is that since none of the other kids like the new girl B has limited opportunity to make any other friends. While it's great that at least she has one friend that's her own she could use a few more. Plus I'm not sure that I'm all that fond of my girl being friends with the trouble girl in class.