When friends only talk about themselves

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 Hello Tribelet of Mini-Women! It seems like most of you have found our new combined blog and have figured out how to comment. Thanks for being so patient with the change-over. It’s one of the many reasons you absolutely rock.

Today our topic is what to do if your friends talk, talk, talk — and did I mention talk? — about themselves, but when you feel like it’s your turn to share, they’re barely listening. You know the signs:

* their eyes glaze over glazed eyes

* they kind of go, “Oh, yeah, that’s cool,” and go back to talking about themselves again

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  • you think for a minute they’re interested because they say, “Oh, yeah, I get that!” but then they go on to say, “That happened to me and I was like, blah, blah, blah.”

  •  or they just go on talking as if you hadn’t said a word

    ASHER and SARA both said they’ve had that happen, and I’m sure more of you have too. We start to feel like: (a) we must be the most boring people on the plant or (b) we have the rudest friends ever.

    It really is rude when people blow you off,  especially when those people are supposed to be your friends. What … did they just become your buddies so they’d have an audience? Seriously?

    But just like with every other friendship flub, we can’t change other people. We can only work on ourselves. So what can you do in this situation?

    (1) Be sure YOU are listening to THEM when they talk, and not thinking about what you’re going to say if they ever hush up. SARA says that’s what she’s doing. Good on ya, Mini-Woman. Listening doesn’t mean just blah blah 3being quiet while they go on and on. It means asking questions, making comments … actually BEING interested. If you don’t really care what they have to say, um, why are you friends?

    (2) Think about whether what you want to talk about fits the conversation. Let’s say two of your CFFs are discussing how hard the vocabulary test was and you chime in with, “I think math is SO easy. My dad’s been helping me and blah, blah, blah.” Oops. Now YOU’re doing it …blah blah no

    (3) That doesn’t mean you should never change the subject. Just be sure everybody’s finished talking about that other thing before you take off on a new topic.

    (4) Try starting your “turn” by including your friends in what you’re about to say. “What do you guys think about this?” “I couldn’t wait to tell you this — are you ready for it?” Then it isn’t like you’re “on.” You’re really having a discussion.

    This is the hard part, and it happens a lot at this time in your life when you’re changing and so is everybody else. Sometimes the loss of interest in what each other is saying is that you are attracted to different things. Some girls want to talk about boys right now, and you might still think they’re absurd little creeps most of the time. Some girls are totally into music, and maybe you would rather read Anne of Green Gables than interstedlisten to Taylor Swift. Some girls are all about sports, and perhaps you’re more into art or animals. Being friends doesn’t mean you have to like all the same things, but it helps to have at least SOMETHING in common. If you just don’t anymore, you don’t have to stop being friends, but you can start looking around for other kids who get excited about the same stuff you do. They’ll want to hear what you have to say.

    If you want to comment this week, tell us what you ARE interested in talking about with other people. We will listen to you!!!  

     Also  — next week we’re going to talk (but not blah blah!) about what to do when your friends start acting all grown up and you still want to be the kid you are! If you’ve had any experience with THAT, tell us about it in a comment.

    See you next Wednesday, Mini-Women.

     Blessings,

    Nancy Rue

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “When friends only talk about themselves

  1. I’m interested in talking about clothes, school, church, games, boys, silly things, creative ideas, and other things that may come up in the conversation I would’ve never thought of! What about y’all?
    Sometimes the girls in my PE class talk about things I don’t usually talk about EVER! :-p They are all about two years older than me, though. It’s usually awkward around them because of that. Sometimes my CFF’s my age talk about and do the same things. I just want to be a tween, not an adult! Guess that’s all for now. Praying for you gals!
    ILYGMFMW & ILYGMFT

    Halle Belle ❤

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  2. I’m interested in talking about life in general for a tween girl, arts and crafts, nail polish designs, hair, boys,and other things I cant even remember. Most of the time I end up budding in to a conversation that’s already started. :-/
    I have, and still do, experience my friends acting “grown up” and I still want to be a little more kid-ish. It happens especially more now that my friends and I are now up in Youth at our church. 😦
    Back when we were in the 1-6 grade, and in a program called GA’s, then in 6th grade then they would just stand around and talk while I was running around and being the kid that I was made to be. (And while I could still be.) Sometimes I would try to get them to play, but they just wouldn’t. Things have gotten somewhat better, but still aren’t the best. I’m just happy I can still have fun at Youth!!! 🙂 😀 ❤

    Eve ❤ 😀

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  3. I love to talk about my favorite TV shows, Once Upon A Time and Girl Meets World, creative ideas I have, planning parties and other activities with friends, boys, and other things that pop up.

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