A man in his 40′s is friends with his daughter’s friend (both girls are 15). They are friends on many social network sites that his daughter isn’t a part of. The man and girl do have a lot in common and have chats and discussions that his daughter is left out of. They communicate through private messages and a weekly game night they attend (that includes her mother but not his daughter). He loves her like a daughter and treats her as such, with hugs, cuddles, “I love you”, “I miss you”, etc. His wife has expressed that she is uncomfortable with this, she feels it is inappropriate because of their ages, she feels their friendship has progressed too far and crossed boundaries that shouldn’t have been crossed. Examples: “I love you”, “I miss you”, “I hope we can see each other tomorrow” through private messaging, sitting close on the couch with her leaning on him or in the backseat of the car while on the way to game night(her mother driving).
First, what is your opinion on the friendship? Appropriate or not?
Second, what if any would be the negative or positive consequences to this girls future (emotionally, mentally, socially) in relationships if her friends dad has become a ‘best friend’?
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