Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How to Deal with Mean Girls

I'm currently reading Little Girls Can Be Mean: Four Steps to Bully Proof Girls in the Early Grades by Dr. Michelle Anthony and Dr. Renya Lindert.  I've been highlighting and dogearing this enlightening and practical book.

One coping skill that leaps out is talking with your daughter about the problem but not solving the problem for her.  For instance, when she complains about someone, you just repeat back what she says and sympathize and let her figure out some solutions.  Be her sounding board and let her brainstorm some ideas.

If you try to always solve her problems, you are not building a strong and self-sufficient girl.  When she brainstorms and figures out solutions, she is on her way to becoming confident and powerful.

More tips to come...


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