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My friends are fighting

Two friends angry at each other with one friend in the middle

Being stuck in the middle

It can be upsetting to see your friends fight or not talk to each other. Being stuck in the middle can be really hard and you might not know what to do.

Two friends talking in the forest

Tell your friends how you feel

You may feel uncomfortable, worried or upset about your friends fighting. Be honest with them about how it makes you feel. Let them know that you don’t want this to change your friendship.

Girl in the middle being pulled either way by friends

You don’t have to pick a side

Just because your friends are fighting doesn't mean you have to fight too. It’s OK to tell them that you don't want to pick sides and that you want to be friends with both of them.

Three friends sitting close together with dog

Be there for them both

Let your friends know that they can talk to you. Listen to your friend about how they feel. Tell them that you care. Make sure you don’t say anything bad about the other friend.

Three friends in a teepee reading a book together

Help them talk to each other

Sometimes your friends might need some help to work things out. When they are both feeling calm and ready to talk, you can help by getting them together to talk.

Boy calling Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800

Being stuck in the middle is hard

If you need some extra help - give us a call, send an email or start a WebChat.

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This content was last reviewed 13/07/2018