Raising kids takes work, courage, love, understanding and much more. As a parent, you probably sometimes wonder or worry about how to raise your child or if you’re doing things right. How can we raise our kids to be happy, confident, caring and understanding human beings? Chances are if you have a daughter, you’ve wondered how to best avoid ‘mean girl syndrome’ and steer her away from negative and hurtful behaviors. The fact of the matter is, as parents we can make a difference, but we also have to acknowledge the fact that peers, various environments and experiences they have and people they surround themselves with can have an impact on them as well.
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When it comes to raising girls in particular there are some behavioural differences. Family psychologist and therapist Katie Hurley, author of “No More Mean Girls,” discusses how girls can show hurtful behaviour in the form of social and relational, rather than physical aggression. Using words, spreading rumours verbally or through social media, using humiliation on or offline, direct or indirect, spreading such information through peers in their community or school. She also discusses strategies on curbing such behaviour so it doesn’t become a repetitive pattern…encouraging specific activities among grade school girls she’s worked with.
When it comes to raising our daughters, there’s a lot to learn, but there are resources available to help guide us as parents, we just have to actively seek them out. Chances are you might have had personal experiences that help you have conversations with your own child.
** No More Mean Girls by Katie Hurley
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