Friendship Groups

Episode 17 – Sophie, Age 10: Balancing a best friend and another friend

Appreciating different flavors of friends

Episode 17 – Sophie, Age 10: Balancing a best friend and another friend

Kids Ask Dr. Friendtastic
Kids Ask Dr. Friendtastic
Episode 17 – Sophie, Age 10: Balancing a best friend and another friend
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Think About it Questions
  • Have you ever felt torn between two friends? How did you handle it? What would you do in Sophie’s situation?
  • Why is it a good idea to have more than one friend?
  • How does Dr. Friendtastic suggest that you can “soften a no”? Why might you want to do that? (Hink: How might the other person feel?)
  • Have you ever worried about losing a friend if you spent time apart? What does it mean to “Trust that your friendship is strong enough to handle a bit of time apart”? Why is this important for a friendship?

Episode 16 – Sam, Age 13: Joining a new group of friends

Understanding the difference between fitting in and belonging

Episode 16 – Sam, Age 13: Joining a new group of friends

Kids Ask Dr. Friendtastic
Kids Ask Dr. Friendtastic
Episode 16 – Sam, Age 13: Joining a new group of friends
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Think About it Questions
  • What are some ways that friendship groups can be more complicated than individual friendships?
  • Have you ever tried to change friendship groups? Why did you want to make the change? How did it go?
  • Why does Dr. Friendtastic recommend belonging to more than one friendship group?
  • Why do you think kids sometimes try to hide or change something about themselves to fit in? How is that different from belonging?

How to Submit YOUR Question About Friendship!

Kids, do you have a question you’d like Dr. Friendtastic to answer?

Ask your grown-up to use their smartphone's memo function or an audio app to record your question. Hold the phone close to your mouth to make sure the recording is clear. Say:

1) your first name (or a first name)

2) your age

3) a brief question or concern about friendship. (Please don’t mention any friends' names.)

Your grown-up can use this form or email the audio file to DrF@EileenKennedyMoore.com. Dr. Friendtastic will answer as many questions as possible. (If you have a very upsetting or emergency situation, please tell a trusted adult you know.)