I’ve had questions (several actually, but could not use them all) at my friendship column at TheHerTake with Nina Badzin HerStories Project about how to turn an acquaintanceship into a friendship. Today’s question asks the exact opposite, which is how to stay friendly but avoid becoming actual friends (without causing damage to the “friendliness.”) Make sense? It does to me, but of course I love the minutia of relationships in all their forms.

I tried to do the dilemma justice, but as always I know (or at least I’m guessing) that the people asking for my advice like the excellent comments from readers as well. Please read the question and chime in with your two cents. Thank you!

If you’d like to ask me an anonymous question, that form is here.

And I keep a list of all the friendship dilemmas I’ve answered here

Have a good week everyone! 


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Nina Badzin is a freelance writer, an advice columnist at The HerStories Project, a book reviewer at greatnewbooks.org, and a co-founder of The Twin Cities Writing Studio. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and four children.