Hi! I'm wondering how people handle it when other people's children tell your children that they don't want to play with them anymore. I have a 4 1/2 year daughter who spends a lot of time with a 5 year old. I am friends with her mom so our kids tend to be together a couple times a week. Recently, I have noticed that the 5 year old girl has been telling our daughter to stop following her and saying that she doesn't want to play with her anymore/she wants to play with another girl. It has been really hurtful for me to see this as well as hear the stories because my daughter thinks that the other girl is her best friend. Since this started, I have been really paying attention to both girl's interaction and I do see my daughter acting a little clingy on the other girl at times and following her around so there is some legitimacy to the situation. I'm trying to coach my daughter into playing with other people in the group, sitting next to others, etc. That said, I also feel like I want to help her stand up for herself by saying something like 'that is not nice to say. friends don't act like that to each other'.
Have other people experienced this? If so, how did you handle with your children and possibly other moms? We are in social situations with this family a couple times a week and our girls are starting kindergarten together in the Fall so I am feeling very uncomfortable.
Thanks for any experiences!