"Justin is sooooo cute."
"Is Trevor looking this way? I think he likes me."
"If I text Micah, do you think he’ll text back?"
Does this sound like your BFF? You know – the girl who just last semester liked to hang with you and talk about music videos and soccer? And now she spends all day talking about cute boys.
Or maybe this sounds like you!
Seems like someone’s been bitten by the boy bug. Don’t worry, it’s not fatal or contagious, but it can create a lot of unnecessary drama.
So if your BFF is the boy crazy one, what can you do to keep from losing her?
A few years ago, my daughters and I were in a play where it wasn’t all applause. At least, not for her. Because one of the adults was mad at me, she took out her anger on Beth.
Yeah, not a real adult way to handle frustration, but we’re all messed up in some way, right? Every rehearsal, she belittled and hurt her, until my teenager hated being in a show she had been excited about.
Something had to change.
I think the real teasing started for me in third grade. I'm pretty sure it had something to do with the blue cat's eye glasses I got that year. OK, so I loved blue. (Still do.) But my parents definitely should have steered me away from that particular fashion choice.
The painfully shy awkward girl who got straight A's and could always be found in a corner reading a book? That was me. It made me a target for cruelty I didn't know how to manage until much, much later.