How to Tell Child She Can't Play With Neighbor Anymore
I'm trying to figure out how best to tell my almost 5 year old daughter she won't be playing with her little girlfriend next door anymore.
It wasn't my choice, it was the girl's mother or maybe the little girl, I don't know. Nothing happened as far as I can tell. They really liked playing together. We had made plans to take the girls trick or treating and the day before she blew me off via email (after I initially contacted her twice to confirm our plans) saying they decided to go somewhere else. Sorry. I was annoyed as this wasn't the first incidence of flakiness. I thanked her for letting me know, and said we would try to find someone else to go with, otherwise my daughter would be very disappointed. I also mentioned that we also had other offers, but declined because we already had plans with the neighbors. After that, she's been avoiding us, even went back into her house one day when she saw me pulling out of my driveway.
It's not a problem for me. Problem is my daughter just loves her little neighbor friend and keeps asking if she can go knock on her door and ask her to play. I find the situation awkward so I just keep making excuses like she's not home, we have too much to do right now, etc.
I don't quite know how to tell my little girl they don't want to play with her anymore.