Her Children Befriended a Young Girl Who Constantly Bragged and Said Inconsiderate Things – Was the Mother Justified in Making the Girl Cry by Standing up For Her Children?

A woman and her family had recently moved to a new neighborhood. The parents really wanted their kids to find some new local friends, but little did they know, that one of the local kids would be difficult to get rid of. 

A New Acquaintance 

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The family had only been living in their new neighborhood for a short while when an 8-year-old girl made their acquaintance. She took a liking to the parents’ 9-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter but didn’t seem interested in their 3-year-old son.

Mixed Experiences

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The parents occasionally allowed the 8-year-old girl to come over and play with their children, but there had been some unsettling incidents. “She goes in my fridge without asking, and rummages through rooms in my house”, the mother explained. “She’s said things about my 3-year-old to us like “I wish he was never born so I could play with (7 and 9 year old) alone.”

A Boastful Girl 

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Other incidents have involved the girl boasting incessantly. The woman explained: “When I joked with my kids about being the meanest mom ever, she chimed in with this bragging tone: ‘My mom is really nice. She gets me everything I want.’”

Letting It Slide

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Despite the mother’s concerns about the young girl’s behavior, she chose to let it slide. “I’ve been letting it go because my kids have had a rough time and I just really want them to make new friends”, she explained.

More Bragging

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Recently, the family began teaching their older children how to ride bikes, albeit starting a bit later than most. The kids were still using training wheels. When the father took them out for a bike ride on Sunday, the 8-year-old neighbor incessantly pestered him about the training wheels, implying that it was something they should have outgrown by now. 

Explaining To Her

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Instead of getting snappy, the father patiently explained that the children were simply starting later than others. However, the girl had already somewhat humiliated the children, so they all chose to go back inside.

Trying Again

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A few days later, the mother took her children out for another biking session, and the same girl continued her relentless commentary about the training wheels. Despite the mother’s calm and consistent responses, the girl persisted, boasting about her own bike-riding abilities. The mother had enough and firmly stated, without yelling, “that’s good for you, but we haven’t gotten to that point yet.”

A Conversation With The Neighbor

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After this encounter, the girl was upset and cried to her mother, the girl’s mother then reached out via text, inquiring about the incident. The mother explained how her daughter’s behavior had become pushy, but the neighbor chalked it up to curiosity.

A Frosty Reception

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Whilst waiting at the bus stop the following day, the mother approached the neighbor’s mother, hoping to clear the air. However, she was met with a cold shoulder, as the neighbor curtly dismissed her, emphasizing that her daughter was only 8 and didn’t know any better. She insisted that the mother should apologize directly to her daughter.

A Defiant Stand

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Refusing to accept undue blame, the mother held her ground. She mentioned the hurtful comments the neighbor’s daughter had made about their youngest child, but the neighbor vehemently denied her daughter would ever say such things, questioning why this hadn’t been brought up the previous day.

Unresolved Tensions

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The conversation was stopped short, leaving the situation unresolved, and the mother pondered whether she had judged the young girl too harshly. She headed online to ask what her internet friends thought about the matter. “Your mistake was trying to apologize because you did nothing to apologize for”, defended one reader. 

Concerning Behavior

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Many people agreed that most of the girl’s behavior was normal for her age, but other incidents seemed more concerning. One commenter explained: “The bragging is typical kid stuff but the comment about the 3-year-old just makes me think, ‘Would you like it if someone said that about you?”’.

Set Boundaries

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Some people commented with actionable advice for the mother. “You’re being passive-aggressive towards a spoiled child who has bad social skills”, stated another reader. “You need to set clear boundaries. Send her home. Tell her that y’all are busy and she needs to give you space. Tell her that her words are hurtful and she needs to be kind or be quiet.”

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