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Daughter in emotional meltdown: ‘My friends hate me’

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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 7:25 am

Dear Straight Talk: I’m a single father and my daughter is or was a well-adjusted sophomore. Now, she refuses to go to school. When I insist, she locks herself in her room and cries. I’m at a loss and must get to work myself. She says “the girls” (her friends) hate her, which seems ridiculous; they are such nice girls. I think she has blown something out of proportion. How do I talk sense into her? We are going on day three. I did call the school and they aren’t aware of problems. — Frustrated Dad near Auburn

Ashley, 25, Auburn: Girls don’t fight like guys, where they throw a couple punches and it’s over. No, girls go behind your back, hold grudges (for years), turn friends against each other — all in an amazingly sneaky way. If she’s saying her friends hate her, listen, because something is real there. You both need a solution to get her back to school. This could blow over, or it could be bigger than you think. Transferring schools should be an option. Your daughter needs a safe, un-bullied environment in order to learn. See if she’ll talk with a counselor.

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