Thinking back to my own years in grade school I attempt to recall how I felt. I know I was painfully shy and attempted to just “blend” in and not be noticed. Though I don’t recall it at this time, I’m sure there were incidences of “mean girls” even in my day, but fortunately for me, I don’t remember it so much. Unfortunately, for most girls today “mean girls” and their viciousness is quite rampant in today’s society.
How do you teach your daughter to deal with the “mean girls” no matter what her age? They seem to be starting this syndrome earlier and earlier. So, we must equip our daughter(s) to deal with it. How, you ask? I believe many of the principles that we should teach our daughter(s), no matter if they are dealing with mean girls or not are the same principles that will equip her to deal with them.
The Golden Rule. Matthew 7:12 says, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (NIV) So many times girls are hurt, and rightly so but they begin to focus inward, on their own thoughts and feelings and they never give a thought to the other person. Many times girls are “mean” and vicious because of a lack of something, whether it be love, attention, or something else. Encourage your daughter to treat the “mean girl” as she wants to be treated, not how they treat her.
Empower her. Help your daughter to focus on her own positive traits and abilities. So many times “mean girls” target those girls who seem to have no self-esteem or a low self-esteem. In many ways they are making it easier on themselves. It is easier to put down a person who is already low to begin with, but if your daughter is thinking “positively” and using her own good qualities to bring up her self-esteem and empower herself she is less likely to be a victim of the “mean girls”.
Build her relationships. Again, many times girls are picked on by the “mean girls” because they are easily centered out from the others. Have your daughter to focus on building relationships so that she is never caught alone and so she isn’t easily pegged. A lack of good, healthy relationships in a girl’s life is one of the reasons that “mean girls’ exist in the first place. Finding like-minded individuals in which she has things in common can help her to build good, positive relationships, which she will carry throughout life and which will be an encouragement to her.
Unfortunately, the mean girls likely won’t go away, however your daughter’s tendency to be picked on by them can change with the right focus in your daughter’s life. Be an agent of positive change in your daughter’s life to help her to deal with and combat the role of the “mean girls” in her life.