Can my daugh­ter han­dle the gos­sip?

Woman's Own - - GOOD ADVICE -

Q My 14-year-old daugh­ter re­cently told me that her best friend at school has turned against her and is spread­ing gos­sip about her on What­sapp groups and at school. I feel very pro­tec­tive of my girl, es­pe­cially as she’s re­ally strug­gled since be­ing at sec­ondary school, but she wants to han­dle it alone. I don’t know what to do. Should I con­tact the school or this girl’s mum, or just step back? S Tyler, 46, by email

A It can be re­ally hard to let go and let your chil­dren fight their own bat­tles. How­ever, at 14 years, your daugh­ter is telling you that she can han­dle it and, more im­por­tantly, wants to han­dle it. If you go be­hind her back, not only will she be an­gry, but she’ll also feel like you don’t think she’s ca­pa­ble. Girls’ friend­ships are rife with th­ese is­sues, and step­ping in isn’t al­ways help­ful. Let her deal with it, but check in with her to see that she’s cop­ing and doesn’t need ex­tra sup­port from you.

It’s hard to see our chil­dren up­set

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