The Company You Keep

Dear Robin:

My daughter Grace, 15, has never given her father or me any problems. She’s smart and a hard worker and except for teenage grumpiness from time to time she’s a great kid.  

However, at the end of the last school year she started spending time with a new group of “popular” friends and they aren’t like her usual ones.

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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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