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9YO Girls and Friendships

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hayley013 · 02/10/2023 10:41

My 9 year old daughter is struggling with her friendship group at school and I feel way out of my depth. She has been in a close friendship group with 3 other girls for around a year, and is suddenly feeling like she isn't wanted or involved in the group anymore. Two of the girls meet outside of school and one of them doesn't seem to want my DD to be invited, as an example.

She got upset in school last week and the teacher spoke to them, but she has just seemed quite down since, didn't want to go to school today which is out of character for her, and I want to help but also don't want to interfere and I understand this will happen and that it will build resilience.

I'm hoping it just passes and everything goes back to normal but does anyone have any top tips in navigating this as a parent?

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moneymoney2023 · 02/10/2023 11:12

Do you have any idea what's changed to make her feel left out? You mention 2 of the three girls are meeting outside school, what about the other? Could you arrange for DD and her to meet up to maintain the friendship?

WinterDipper · 02/10/2023 11:16

It’s a tricky time when hormonal changes kick in too. Both my DDs hit rocky friendship patches at the same age. It’s about learning healthy communication skills too. We read the Smart Girls guide to friendship book together and understanding what makes a good friendship give n take on both sides etc. plus doing activities outside school with kids that enjoyed something they did so they had something better in common helps.

SunflowerOranges · 02/10/2023 11:23

It is difficult, I was going to post about the same thing!

My dd is also 9 (Y5) and having issues, but she is suspected to be autistic which adds another layer to it. She's popular and has lots of friends but the dynamics seem to have changed a lot this year and she's struggling with it. She has three best friends but the three have other groups they tend to play with as they are all very different (think one plays with the boys, and another with a 'girly' group type thing). She doesn't really know where she fits in and isn't enjoying school at all any more, which is also unusual for her.

Sorry I don't have any answers but just wanted to say we're going through a similar thing!

WinterDipper · 02/10/2023 11:31

@SunflowerOranges we used this chat through why she may find things a bit harder

SunflowerOranges · 02/10/2023 11:54

Those are great, thanks so much @WinterDipper Smile

PerfectMatch · 02/10/2023 12:06

Hi OP, unfortunately as other posters have said this is common around this age but it is upsetting for you and her. In my DD's case, eventually she did find a new group of friends. She spent too long hanging around the outskirts of the old group though, hoping they would change their minds and start being nice to her again Sad.

On the positive side, you mention it building resilience. My DD is 16yo now and has sailed through secondary school with very few friendship issues so far. I think she learnt a lot from the experience at primary school about what makes a good friend, and how to cope with someone who is not one.

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