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    How Sad...
    By jrc

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    to be a child who must know she is not liked. I am not blaming you, as I am sure that she has tried your patience. I agree with Tia, though. How would you act "IF" you did like her? BTW, what grade are we talking about? I know I have had children that seem to be unlikable, and it has been hard to "make" myself treat them "as if" I did like them. What if you made it your personal goal to see if you can bring her out of her antisocial pattern? Pick a time when she hasn't done anything wrong, and try to get "into" what she's all about. If she sees that you are on her side, with positive reinforcements/critisisms, you may be able to steer her in a different direction. Imagine how it would feel to know you had a part in reconstructing her sense of wellbeing. Please know I am not saying that you shouldn't feel the way you do. Her mother sounds like she has supported the girl's antisocial behavior. Try starting over, as though tomorrow is the first day you met.

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