I'm looking for advice on how to deal with a situation between 2 girls in my first grade classroom. I've noticed that the 2 girls are attached at the hip, but until it was brought to my attention by a parent, I didn't realize the friendship was so one sided. Basically, it seems as if the one girl is smothering the other and not allowing her to be independent in her choices, or making her feel bad about not doing things together. "Jane" feels a little smothered by "Emma". For example, not being able to go to the bathroom by herself, can't sit with the other girls, etc. Emma seems to have a very strong personality and Jane doesn't want to hurt her feelings, hence putting up with it for the entire school year. Emma is also a new student this year, and latched onto Jane from Day 1 of school. Initially, it seemed to be a great match, but as the year has gone on, Jane is feeling overwhelmed by how intense Emma can be. She hasn't voiced this to me as the classroom teacher, but has to her parents, who have reached out to me for help. Because of their academic levels, the girls will most likely be placed in the same class for second grade. Jane's parents are worried that Emma will continue to smother Jane and make her feel bad about spending time with other girls. I don't see anything negative going on between the girls in the classroom. Neither one of them seems unhappy with their friendship. However, if Jane is feeling this way and opening up to her parents, I want to help as best I can. Does anyone have any advice or experience in dealing with a similar issue? How do you tell a first grader to back off from someone she calls her best friend?