ASK MOM: Mom hurt when son’s friends leave him out
by Mary Follin and Erika Guerrero
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THE PROBLEM: My twelve-year-old son is part of a group of four (sometimes five) boys who hang out after school. He calls them his best friends, but they often leave him out of things. If they’re going to the park to play soccer, for example, they all make plans with each other, and only invite him if he finds out (and asks). When they’re walking down the street as a group, my son always seems to be trailing behind. I honestly believe that if he got lost or something, they wouldn’t even notice he was missing! I get so angry at these kids for acting indifferent to my son, but he doesn’t seem to notice. I want to talk to him about it—feeling more confident, finding new kids to hang out with, etc.—but I don’t want to bring it to his attention if he really doesn’t get it. I’m a little stuck on this.
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ABOUT MARY FOLLIN
Mary is the author of TEACH YOUR CHILD TO READ and ETHYR, winner of the Moonbeam Children's Book Award and the Gertrude Warner Book Award. She is mom to two grown sons and enjoys sharing her more seasoned perspective with parents of younger children.
ABOUT Erika Guerrero
Erika Guerrero is a freelance hair and makeup artist, Erika K. Beauty, single-mama to one amazing boy, and author of She’s Not Shaken, a blog offering hope and encouragement to women in all walks of life.
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Suzanne Johnson, mother of five children and grandmother of eight, is an illustrator, book cover designer, and author of the Realms of Edenocht series.
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