Gossiping, Lying Ex-Friend

Dear Robin:

I’ve read your blog since the beginning and I love your philosophy on breaking away from toxic friendships regardless of how long you’ve been friends with someone.

I have a little twist on that and a question for you: About 8 months ago I finally withdrew completely from a woman (Carrie) I have known since I was in college. Over the years she had grown increasingly bitter and angry and honestly we have very little in common anymore.

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Our Kids Aren’t Friends Anymore and Now Her Mom’s Acting Weird

Dear Robin:

I live in a close-knit neighborhood in a small town.  My daughter “Claire” was very close to “Alice” since 1st grade but now they are in 6th grade and really don’t hang out anymore.  I’ve asked my daughter a few times if something happened between them and she assured me it had not so I’m not worried about it.  

My problem is Alice’s mom “Amy,” who I used to be very friendly with but now she gives me the cold shoulder at every school event and when I run into her around the neighborhood and our town.  We weren’t friends who did things together but we always had a great time chatting and now she barely speaks to me.

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