Thursday, January 21, 2010
All of my kids attend a very small private school. There are only about 8 girls in my 11 year old's class. This means that the heirarchy of popularity is pretty narrow.
At the end of last year, THE MOST POPULAR girl in the class left our school to attend the public school. This opened the gateway for my 5th grader to slide (quite happily) into the top echelon in her class. She is now 'BFFs' with THE CURRENT MOST POPULAR GIRL in her class, making my daughter A POPULAR GIRL.
I know as parents we want our children to be liked. (Trust me, I have an Aspie son, and his social awkwardness breaks my heart sometimes.) But the drama that goes along with THE POPULAR CROWD is almost more than I can handle.
My concern is not only that she will GET hurt, but that her actions may hurt others. Nothing has happened yet....I just remember being in the 5th grade (back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and everything was in black and white, as my kids like to remind me).
I recently came across a book series by author Annie Fox (if you Twitter, you can follow her at @Annie_Fox) called "Middle School Confidential"
The books look right on target for what my darling daughter is currently going through (especially the "Real Friends vs. the Other Kind") and I've ordered them hoping they will spur some good mom/daughter conversation.
We can always hope, can't we?
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