Girls can be mean. Kids can be mean. No one is immune to bullying but everyone has the ability to be kind.
We have heard a lot about mean girls, almost to exhaustion, yet it doesn’t make it go away. Girls gossip, they will berate other girls until they cry and feel like dying.
I still believe a lot of what goes on starts at the top. Our kids are watching adults – parents and how they treat others. Girls will watch their mother’s gossip and belittle other mothers, neighbors and even the neighborhood kids. It is absolutely unacceptable.
The power of girl cliques can be deadly in schools. Especially if your daughter is locked out of one. Is it any different if you are a mother that isn’t included for coffee or lunch? Or worse – is the topic of the coffee or lunch gossip.
Communication with our kids can be difficult at times, but so important. Stay engaged with your child, know who their friends are and if they are having any difficulties with peers. Be in touch with how they are feeling.
Especially with technology today, online harassment can make your child an easier target for bullies. Teach your child how to report abuse online and not to be afraid to tell an adult when they are being taunted. Building trust is imperative to a child. You are their advocate.
Kind Campaign is an internationally recognized movement, documentary and school program based upon the powerful belief in KINDness that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl “crime.”
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We can fight peer cruelty at all ages with kindness. Spread kindness everyday in everything you do. Whether you are walking a hallway or simply crossing the road — a smile at someone or complimenting them can change their day.
Online is another space your keystrokes can make a difference. You have control to create kind comments. Make someone’s day a good one!
Take the time to change a life – it always comes full circle….