Friendship Stress Resources

If your child is struggling with friendship troubles, you may find these resources helpful:

Books for Kids

A Smart Girl’s Guide: Drama, Rumors & Secrets: Staying True to Yourself in Changing Times by Nancy Holyoke, American Girl, 2015.

A Smart Girl’s Guide: Friendship Troubles vised): Dealing with fights, being left out & the whole popularity thing by Patti Kelley Criswell and Angela Martini, American Girl, 2013.

Friends: Making Them & Keeping Them by Patti Kelley Criswell, American Girl, 2015.

Speak Up and Get Along!: Learn the Mighty Might, Thought Chop, and More Tools to Make Friends, Stop Teasing, and Feel Good About Yourself by Scott Cooper, Free Spirit Publishing, 2005.

Books for Parents

Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend by Irene S. Levine, PhD, Overlook Press, 2009.

Frenemies: What to Do When Friends Turn Mean by Hayley DiMarco, Revell, 2010.

Little Girls Can Be Mean: Four Steps to Bully-proof Girls in the Early Grades by Michelle Anthony M.A., Ph.D., Reyna Lindert Ph.D., St. Martin’s Griffin, 2010.

Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World by Rosalind Wiseman, Harmony, 2014.

Odd Girl Out, Revised and Updated: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons, Mariner Books, 2011.

Queen Bees and Wannabes, 3rd Edition: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boys, and the New Realities of Girl World by Rosalind Wiseman, Harmony, 2016.


The Child Mind Institute

The Family Coach

NYU Child Study Center

Dr. Irene Levine’s The Friendship Blog