DD came home upset because one of her friends was very upset at school. They are 10. I know from her mother that the other child's dad has met another woman and they are thinking of separating.
I told my DD some of this - just that things were probably very difficult for her friend right now as her dad had a new girlfriend and her parents were very unhappy trying to sort things out. The conversation was short and not detailed, but was in the context of how she could be understanding towards her friend.
I'm not usually indiscreet or stupid, but it occurred to me very quickly that the other mother will not tell her child why things are so bad. And the last person she needs to hear it from is my DD.
I realise I have made a gross error of judgement, and am inclined not to discuss it any more with my DD in case I just make things worse. I'm not expecting sympathy, but what would you advise?
Anyone awake? This situation has had the worst possible outcome. DD's friend told my daughter that things were terrible at home, and that her Dad had done something awful to her Mum and they kept arguing. So my DD told her that the Dad had found another friend. My DD said the little girl was really upset,begging DD to explain what she knew. My own DD is now beside herself and so am I.
Both DD and I went straight back to the house and I told the mother the truth - that I was trying in the first place to help my DD understand why things where so bad for her friend and help her support her. She tried to reassure my DD that she had not done anything wrong. But I have.
I fear I have ruined not only my DDs friendship but that I will be shut out by the other mothers in the town when my own friend tells them what I have done.
I posted another thread earlier as I inadvertently cocked with an email at work and I feel like a total failure tonight.
aw you did what you thought was best at the time and you have went round to speak to the mother so you have admitted you were in the wrong. I've spoken to my dd about "adult" matters before as I felt it was the best way for her to understand why she shouldn't say certain things around her friend.
My friend did not seem angry when I spoke to her, but the children were nearby so she could not really.
I did apologise but not in a whiney way, and said I felt that the best policy was for me to be honest about what I had said to DD, and she had said to her little friend, so we could try and put things right.
I think you just need to trust your daughter to be discreet as far as she can. She will probably be able to rise to the challenge, as she has your open understanding, and I think this helps them develop maturity and judgement.
And she said she knew she was not supposed to tell her friend the truth, but the other little girl was 'begging her'. I can't blame her for giving in to that difficult situation. And DD did tell me immediately what had happened so we could try and sort it out.
LightShinesInTheDarkness, I think that by going round to clear the matter up, you have done the best you could. Your dd's friend's mum knows you weren't being gossipy or malicious, and she knows what your daughter has told her daughter. This puts her in a position of strength when it comes to being truthful with her own dd.
Please don't beat yourself up about this - you can be a real friend now, when she needs you - or you can be too embarrassed (about nothing, imho) to be there for her.