Friday Feedback: Robin Takes A Beating And Lives To Tell About It!

Friday Feedback: Robin Takes a Beating and Lives to Tell About It!

Dear Readers:

Welcome to Friday Feedback, a formerly-weekly and now sporadic feature of the blog in which I post and comment upon reader reactions to my work.

It’s been a while since I did this, but my mailbox has been bursting since I began writing the series, “Anatomy of a Disaster.”  

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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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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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