My 5 year old kid is a shy girl. We were abroad and returned to India when she was 3. She had problems in speaking Hindi, as a result she was not able to make new friends easily here. She has 2 friends right from then and she is very much dependent on them for playing even now. Those 2 kids are of her same age. The girl plays with her depending on her mood whereas the boy is unpredictable. If no one else is there he will play with her or ignore her. There are 2 other girl friends also but they dont come down to play regularly. There are many groups in the society made by kids. My kid is not able to mix with any other group as her focus is only these 2. Now all of a sudden i notice that she is too much clingy with the boy and cries when he ignore her. He is a carefree boy, has many friends and dont actually need her much. There are four other kids, all boys, in his floor, so he never feels lonely. He has a elder sibling too. This boy also goes with her in the schoolbus. My kid is emotionally dependent on him as all in the big school are strangers and the boy is the only known face for her. Also the mother tongue is same, but they speak hindi with each other. School is 30 mints drive each way. In school, they change seats of kids daily. Rotation basis. So no same kid daily. She is very happy when one particular girl sits next to her. Everyday morning she will ask me if today that girl will sit with her. And has lots to talk if that girl sits with her. She is very happy chirpy then. Now in the last few days she literally cries,that the boy should sit with her in the bus. I offered to give him chocolate if he sits with her in the bus. They are in different divisions though same grade. His parents purposefully didnt want the kids to be in same division fearing that kids would fight. The boy is offlate telling her katti (kaati meaning- not friend; batti means friend)every now and then. And hearing that my kid starts crying. She doesnt want to go to school either. The boy and his mother would be always in the ground and u can meet them anytime u go down. So avoidance is impossible. I have felt that the mother is jealous of me and she is a bit immature. She wont correct when her kid says katti for no reason. Even i feel and find it silly to ask his mother to tell him not to say katti. Though i ask him reason why he said katti and he would say just like that. There are other kids also in the society but this is like a magnet. Attention does not go to other kids. I tell my kid to play with other kids but she wont. She is happy only if the boy and girl play with her. Now even though she is shy and has starting trouble,she would speak few hi hello, how are you aunty, uncle type sentences to known elders in the society. Most people like her because she talks to them without any fear. She likes attention. There are some kids who wont bother to reply if elders ask anything, but my kid usually repsonds with a smiling face. Now back to the boy, how do I change her behaviour? I want her to make new friends. There are so many kids in the society but my daughter never bothers to make friendship with new people. Also i want to remove my daughter's clingy behaviour. Please suggest. Boys mother has also formed group with other ladies in the society. I know i am not welcome in the group as she hides facts from me, though other ladies do not have such a thing.