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At what age do girls and boys typically divide off and stop hanging out with each other so much?

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chipmunkswhereareyou Sun 12-Oct-08 21:24:15

I'm sure that there are exceptions but at what age does this typically happen in school?

chipmunkswhereareyou Sun 12-Oct-08 22:00:33


Orinoco Sun 12-Oct-08 22:09:35

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Tommy Sun 12-Oct-08 22:15:06

my nephew had a great (girl) friend from when he was about 2. They were really close until they both starting being interested in the opposite sex - 13 or so. I guess they were more like brother and sister

chipmunkswhereareyou Sun 12-Oct-08 22:19:06

Reason for the question is because I'm looking at a school which is mixed until year two but the boys are outnumbered 2 to 1 by the girls and I have a ds.

Tommy Sun 12-Oct-08 22:24:54

my DS is 6 (year 2) and his 3 best friends are girls. Don't know if that helps or not!

Smithagain Sun 12-Oct-08 22:25:50

As soon as they started Reception in DD's case, although she seems to play with a more mixed group now they are in Year 2.

chipmunkswhereareyou Sun 12-Oct-08 22:30:31

He isn't a particularly boisterous boy and whilst I can't imagine him playing with Barbies, so far he has plenty of stuff he likes doing which are not solely boyish things (major gender stereotyping going on here - apologies).

lilolilmanchester Sun 12-Oct-08 22:33:48

My DD is 11/yr 6. Recent party, almost half her guests were boys - and really good mates. Probably cos she has an older brother, and also because she does girly girl (makeup/clothes/jewellery) and tomboy (football/rough and tumble) in equal measure. I don't think she sees them as any different. Although there is starting to be a difference between boys she likes and boys she "likes" IYSWIM!

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