Little Girls Can Be Mean

Little Girls Can Be Mean

Four Steps to Bully-proof Girls in the Early Grades

Book - 2010
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Worried about mean girls? Help your daughter respond and react to bullying where it starts---in elementary school

As experts in developmental psychology and each a mother of three, Dr. Michelle Anthony and Dr. Reyna Lindert began noticing an alarming pattern of social struggle among girls as young as five, including their own daughters. In today's world, it is likely that your daughter has been faced with bullying and friendship issues, too---and perhaps you're at a loss for how to guide her through these situations effectively. Little Girls Can Be Mean is the first book to tackle the unique social struggles of elementary-aged girls, giving you the tools you need to help your daughter become stronger, happier, and better able to enjoy her friendships at school and beyond.

Dr. Anthony and Dr. Lindert offer an easy-to-follow, 4-step plan to help you become a problem-solving partner with your child, including tips and insights that girls can use on their own to confront social difficulties in an empowered way. Whether your daughter is just starting grade school or is already on her way to junior high, you'll learn how to:

OBSERVE the social situation with new eyes
CONNECT with your child in a new way
GUIDE your child with simple, compassionate strategies
SUPPORT your daughter to act more independently to face the social issue

By focusing squarely on the issues and needs of girls in the years before adolescence, Little Girls Can Be Mean is the essential, go-to guide for any parent or educator of girls in grades K-6.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312615529
Branch Call Number: 371.58 A628L 2010
Characteristics: xxii, 282 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Lindert, Reyna


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Sep 05, 2016

I was reading this book, enthusiastically, as my daughter (7) has started receiving some negative attention at school, and I am anxious to make sure it doesn't escalate.

I have stopped reading and felt the need to comment, as I am disturbed by a piece of advice you give to girls on page 124. "When someone starts saying untrue or unkind things about you in front of you". Point 7: Lighten the situation: Crack a joke or poke fun at yourself.

How on earth is putting herself down in front of anyone giving herself any power?! Surely this is showing others how little she thinks of herself and affirming her lack of worth, therefore giving others permission to do the same.

I am disappointed and frankly disgusted, that this advice is offered to children that tells them it's ok that they can put themselves down in front of others.

Needless to say I returned the book to the library and thank God I didn't waste money on purchasing.

Sep 28, 2015

Focuses on girls in grades K through 6. Gives advice, stories, tips and activities for parents and teachers on guiding little girls though the social issues that they face. The basic idea is on how to help little girls be kind to other girls and how to cope with others aren't kind to them. In other words how to not fall pray to being a mean girl or a mean girl's victim.

dfahmy Apr 30, 2013

This book gives great insight to the social structure of girls. I recommend it for anyone that works with children and/or has a daughter.


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