From clinical studies to mainstream media, the problem of girl aggression has been the subject of growing concern, but most of the recent focus has been on middle- and high-school students, not on elementary-school girls. That's part of the problem, argue the authors of this reassuring guide, which offers practical tips and personal anecdotes aimed at alleviating female "relational aggression" in the critical early grades. In each chapter, the authors, both developmental psychologists, illustrate how adults can guide girls through a four-step process to identify and deal with tough social situations. Throughout, boxed activities for educators, parents, and girls themselves give the tide a highly interactive, proactive feel, and an appended section suggests ways that adults can apply the same techniques to their own lives. More than just invaluable advice about preparing girls to cope with bullying, gossip, and friendship riffs, these are empowering strategies for adults to communicate and connect with their daughters while they are at a highly receptive age and to help them develop resilient self-esteem before they hit the middle-school jungle.--Gillian Engberg
“More than ever, young girls are facing painful social challenges that require real skills to respond. LITTLE GIRLS CAN BE MEAN offers useful strategies and tools to help parents empower their daughters from the earliest ages.”
- Rachel Simmons, bestselling author of Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl
"Every parent wants to protect her daughter from mean girls, but many go about it in absolutely the wrong way. If you want to handle your daughter's social problems effectively and sensitively, you should read Michelle Anthony and Reyna Lindert's LITTLE GIRLS CAN BE MEAN, a wonderful guide to the social lives of elementary-school girls. It is engaging, clear and wise. It will keep you from making mistakes that increase your daughter's suffering. I recommend it to every parent who is worried about girl bullying and meanness."
- Michael Thompson, PhD, best selling co-author of Raising Cain, Best Friends, Worst Enemies, and Mom, They’re Teasing Me
LITTLE GIRLS CAN BE MEAN is a valuable guide for understanding and demystifying the friendship issues, social cruelty, and bullying of elementary-aged girls. A must-have book for parents, counselors, and educators!”
-Rosalind Wiseman, best-selling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes