Mommy Dearest,

I'm a 30-year-old single mom with a son who is 3. He's a busy boy so I keep him occupied with lots of sports and activities. Since his father isn't in the picture, I take him everywhere with me.

My relationship with my best friend is strained as a result. She doesn't have patience when he whines or misbehaves and always suggests I get a babysitter so we can hangout alone. I miss my friends, but know my job as a mom is more important. What should I do?

— Moved to Mommyland

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Moved to Mommyland,

Your friend seems rather direct in her approach so I think it's appropriate to respond accordingly. Tell her that you value your friendship, but your son comes first. And, that little kids aren't perfect so she'll have to learn to put up with a bit of whining and misbehaving here and there. If she objects, find a new friend. If someone isn't treating your son well, that should be a deal breaker.

— Mommy Dearest

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