Cliques are part of middle school life. But they don’t have to make your child’s life miserable.
Here are ways you can help:
Tell your child the actions of the clique are not her fault. Let her know the problem lies not with her, but with members of the clique, who feel the need to make another person feel bad so they can feel good.
Talk with your child about whether she really wants to make any more effort to be friends with people who choose to hurt her. Ignoring them may be a better course.
Help her find other friends. You can’t make friends for her, but you can suggest she join a group that might include children with whom she has more in common. The school yearbook, band and the science club are a few possibilities.
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