September 19, 2017 Evie+Sarah 0Comment

Last week, I read that the $24,000-a-year prep school Prince George attends discourages students from having best friends: “…he will learn to ‘be kind,’ acquire ‘confidence, leadership and humility’ and not have a best friend to prevent other children having hurt feelings” (The Guardian). Boy, have I’ve been stewing on that one. We’ve got one kid with a birthday coming up, which always raises the question of who’s invited to the party. Last year’s friends, brand-new school friends, neighborhood friends, my own friends’ kids? Who are we prioritizing? Because really, we’re still a we. At seven, mom still helps you…

September 15, 2017 Evie 0Comment

What’s your longest friendship? 20 years, maybe 30? Well, these ladies featured in a story in the Sequim Gazette definitely have you beat with a friendship that spans seven decades! At 85 years old, they’re still going strong, and planning a vacation together to celebrate their birthdays. Seriously. Some of these women met as early as elementary school, and they eventually all graduated from high school together. Since then, they’ve managed to stay close despite moves and illnesses, and all the other life experiences that can get in the way of maintaining friendships. Sequim Gazette So, how did they do…

September 14, 2017 Evie 0Comment

Earlier this year, Americans were asked, “Has the presidential election negatively affected your personal relationship with a friend or family member?” 40% of us said YES. Most of us get that statistic. Heck, I’m surprised the number isn’t even higher! Can you think of a topic more polarizing than the 2016 election?? That’s why, during election season, it was painful to learn that some of the people we love—maybe even our best friends—weren’t voting the right way. And that’s exactly what happened to Caitlin Quattromani and Lauran Arledge: besties who have pretty much polar opposite views when it comes to politics….

September 12, 2017 Evie 0Comment

Kids are always getting a bad wrap for being crummy at friendships. They bully and manipulate. They use each other and turn on their “friends.” But not always. Sometimes kids end up schooling adults on building bridges. Like Jack and Rani, two British schoolboys who met when Rani, a ten-year-old Syrian refugee, started attending Jack’s school, where he didn’t exactly get a warm reception.   Get yourself a friendship like Jack and Rani from @Channel4’s #EducatingGreaterManchester ❤️ pic.twitter.com/nGciibaX6Y — BBC Radio 5 live (@bbc5live) August 31, 2017 If Rani and Jack’s friendship doesn’t warm your heart, we’re not sure anything…

September 11, 2017 Evie+Sarah 0Comment

As one half of a best friend duo that’s been lovingly accused of an “emotional affair,” some of Anna Faris’ recent statements about female friendship seem kind of…weird. I mean, I know she’s just coming off a split with Chris Pratt and all, but the divorce seems to be clouding her thinking on relationships in general: “I was once told that I didn’t need a tight group of girlfriends because Chris should be my best friend. But I never bought that. The idea of your mate being your best friend — it’s overhyped… To be honest, I think the notion…

September 7, 2017 Evie 0Comment

This week, the New York Times Book Review highlighted three new kids books that “remind children–and grown-ups–what real-life friendships look like,” which got me to thinking. Aren’t all my favorite kids books about friendship? From modern books like Ladybug Girl all the way back to classics like Jenny Linsky, the books we read over and over in my house are the ones about friendship. Looking for a great recommendation? These are our favorites: 1. Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill “In Greenwich Village an orphaned black cat lives happily with her master, a sea captain. Still, the gentle Jenny…