Bradi - posted on 08/02/2010 ( 34 moms have responded )
I see it already and my daughter is a mere 7 years old. The mean girls are out in full force.. on the playground, in her classroom.... I checked in with MyWorkButterfly.com’s (in partnership with COM) resident Psychotherapist, Julie Potischman, to find out how to best steer our my daughters towards the "nice girls" and this is what she said, “Start teaching your children at an early age (around 3) that if someone is being mean then they simply do not need to play with them and that there are others they can be with who will be kind. Teach your daughters that the best revenge is happiness. Explain to your child that she must show the mean kids that they are NOT affected by them in order to squash the mean kids' spirit and give them a target not worth being unkind to. Studies show that if you disengage with a bully then they will eventually stop. If, of course, the mean child is relentless and it becomes a dangerous or harmful situation, you as a parent must step in and get involved. Encourage your child, praise them, boost their confidence as often as you can so when an unruly child surfaces they will be better protected with inner confidence and self respect to soften the blow.” Any further advice? I'd love to hear how you've handled "mean girls".