Have name changed as I'm fairly sure this person is on mumsnet.
I have a 'friend' who I've know for 7 years. Over the years her dc has stayed at our house extremely frequently until the past couple of years when her need for childcare has lessened.
I can count on both hands how many times the two of us have actually gone out together in all these years.
My DC & I both miss seeing her DC and I have asked her regularly to see them or to have them stay at our house (which they did nearly every weekend when younger) but now I'm not needed as childcare, she says no all the time.
I feel very used and she has always been a bit condescending (almost mother like) to me.
I'm really tired of it all being one sided, I'm tired of being a doormat and I don't want to be friends with her anymore.
But she can really nasty in her replies and I am unwell atm and just don't want to deal with it...
What do I say / how do I go about ending a friendship without all the fallout? 😔
Dottie - nothing. They saw us more than anyone else except their parents, even more than other family so they were always happy to come and we always did loads of trips out too. I know the reason they aren't coming as much is they are old enough to do kids clubs / stay home alone etc so she doesn't need me as much now.
Mixed ages between 4 and 8. They don't just play together at home when they come, we rarely stay at home, we go out all sorts of places they wouldn't get to go otherwise. They've always loved going out with us.