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Straight Talk: Daughter at wit's end: 'My friends hate me'

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.


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