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It’s so sad to see girls fighting with each other, when they could instead building each other up. Let’s make 2019 the year we stop girl bullying for good.
Make it a priority to tech the girls in your life that they don’t need to hurt someone else to feel better. Instead, be kind, be loving, help another girl feel better about herself. In the end, you’ll help make this world a better place.
Books that help build self esteem
The Self-Esteem WorkbookThe Body Image Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help Girls Develop a Healthy Body Image in an Image-Obsessed WorldGet Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior
Books to help stop girl bullying
No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate GirlsUnderstanding Girl Bullying and What to Do About It: Strategies to Help Heal the DivideLittle Girls Can Be Mean: Four Steps to Bully-proof Girls in the Early Grades
“Mean Girls” – it’s a pretty popular idea that girls can be mean to each other. We usually don’t take the idea of female bullying seriously because of the media’s portrayal of young women as petty. Bullying is controversial these days and while boys involved in bullying are normally aided with physical violence, girls usually resort to more verbal abuse.
Is this internalized misogyny? Perhaps. Why does it make people laugh to see girls go at it with each other? We become so accustomed to putting down women that we see it as a normal way to live?
Let’s encourage our sisters instead. Instead of berating them for not being a size 2 or having perfect skin, let’s try lifting each other up and getting rid of internalized messages that we should hate each other. Let’s all rise above the drama.
Were you ever a mean girl in school? Were popular girls ever mean to you? You probably laugh about it now but at the time, it probably felt isolating to be hated by someone of your same gender. Have you done anything to create more sisterhood? We’d love to hear your inspiring messages too!