The Trouble With Fixing Other People's Kids

10/30/2014 01:58pm ET

Recently, a friend called me with a problem that she was hoping I’d have an answer for. The girls in her daughter Margaret’s 6th grade class were excluding her, and she didn’t know what to do about it. Sometimes these girls acted like her friends, and other times they “forgot” to save her a seat on the bus or invite her to a sleepover. Margaret was hurt, and my friend was at her wit’s end, devastated at what her daughter was going through with these chameleons.