Our expert says:
You're running into a likely snag arising from raising a kid on the "just you and I together against the world" model. Its important to calmly discuss this broad situation with her, and help her to understand that adults usually enjoy adult company as well as spending time with the kid they love, and that liking anyone else, even loving someone else, doesn't mean you love her one scrap the less.
The threat to leave both of you and live with granny needs to be faced - her demand / expectation is for totally exclusive attention from each of you, which is unreasonable and impractical, and allowing her to retain this type of thinking will point her towards a miserable adult life of expecting what life cannot supply.
And you need to develiop what ought to have been pat of her life all along, that she spend enjoyable time with friends, school and after-school activities, hobbies, etc.
The only area where I disagree with Maria is I dislike the current fashion for teaching little girls that they are a "princess". Little boys are lucky that nobody seems to insist that they be Princes. She's far, far better than any princess - she is herself !
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