BigSis asks:

Childhood friends and changes: how to help my sister with friendship changes expected with transition to high school and puberty?

My sister grew up with her friend Alex. While he was over at the house, his Dad brought up an interesting point: things between my sister and her best friend are going to change very soon (due to high school, puberty, etc.). Does anyone have any experience with this? I know that she will be broken hearted once he no longer wants to spend time with her. Does anyone have any advice on how to help her through it?
In Topics: Parenting / Our Family, Teen issues, Friendships and peer relationships
> 60 days ago



Allyn Anderson
Jul 20, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

What a great question! When school starts contact your sister's guidance counselor. Often a counselor has a small group of other students who are working on the same or related issues. Plus, for the summer, consider talking with a librarian from your local public and/or school library. Librarians often have great ideas on books to read about this common teen issue.

Here's a book I found that might address some of your sister's concerns. It is A Smart Girls Guide to Boys: Surviving Crushes, Staying True to Yourself & Other Stuff (American Girl Library) by Nancy Holyoke. Check it out on to see what you think.

Remember, school guidance counselors and librarians are fantastic resources. Hope this helps.

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