What's going on between your daughter and her friends? What are they texting and messaging each other about? To get the inside story, we talked to girls around the world about what’s most important to them – their friends.
What girls say about the meaning of friendship
“My friends are really, really important to me. To be honest I can’t imagine my life without them – they’re my backbone; they’re a huge part of every day. Why do they matter so much? Well, I guess it’s because I know I can always count on them to cheer me up. They’re always there for me, and they’re really good fun.
“We talk about all sorts of things, all the time. We talk about school and the teachers, and about funny things that are going on in our lives. We talk a bit more these days about guys. There’s a guy I like – my mum knows there’s ‘someone’, but my friends know who he is.”
Eleanor, 13, US*
“Until the age of about 10 I had lots of friends, but they weren’t the centre of my life. Then from around the time I went to high school, they started to be the people I was closest to. I mean, I’m still close to my mum and she’s the person I’d go to if I had a really big problem, but for all the ordinary stuff that happens on ordinary days, I talk to my friends.