My good friend J has an 8yo difficult child son. She also has a 5yo easy child daughter that Duckie is very good friends with (friendship grew out of time spent together by the moms). J has struggled with her difficult child having play dates and being bored this summer. He's pretty mild for a difficult child, but doesn't seem to be invited back to friends' houses, although the other parents are more than willing for J to watch their kids at her house. I think it's more a scheduling problem that an actual difficult child problem as a lot of these families are dual incomes, had vacations or kids in camp. This is where I come in. Duckie's best friend has an 8yo easy child brother. He's a great and easy going kid from a great and easy going family. I suggested to J that she try getting the two boys together because I'm sure this other family would reciprocate with play dates, etc. It's been successful, and J's difficult child isn't so bored and lonely now, but... the two daughters are hitting it off big and Duckie is being left out in the cold. They even had a sleepover last night after an all day play date. It's not like Duckie doesn't have other friends, but I think she's really going to feel hurt and abandoned because she was previously the link between these two and now they don't really need her anymore.