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More times than not, we believe that we are good friends because we tell our BFFs how it is, whether they want to hear it or not. Sometimes it can turn out really good and other times we’re actually doing more harm than good. There’s a thin line between being a best friend and being a bossy friend. We’ve got some helpful hints on how to stick to the bestie side of the BFF boundaries.
 
Comic queen or mean girl
 
A lot of the time, we speak to our girlfriends as if they’re made of thick skin. Just ‘cause you think she can handle you saying that her legs look like tree stumps in the new dress she got for the spring fling doesn’t mean you have to say it.  There are some friends out there who can find the humor in a comment like that, but most of us take those words as personal attacks. Rule number 1: Always think before you speak because you never know when a silly, offhand comment can make her feel insecure about herself.
 
Demanding diva or suggestive sweetie
 
Between bouts of sobbing over her breakup, your bestie asks you what she should do to get her guy back. The problem? You never liked the guy in the first place and you have no idea how to tell her what you really think without being a total witch. Rule number 2: Tell your friends what you think they should do when they ask, but don’t force your opinion on them. Allow her to make up her own mind, come to her own conclusions and create her own solutions. 
 
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Wanna know the ultimate way to ditch your bossy side and embrace your bestie? Rule number 3: Offer your BFF some good old respect. Speak to her the way that you would like to be spoken to, and treat her as you would want to be treated. Remember: There’s something special about her that sets her apart from any other girl out there—that’s why she’s your best friend, right?

BY AFIYA AUGUSTINE ON 3/1/2011 4:18:00 PM

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