Author: Michelle Anthony, M.A., Ph.D. and Reyna Lindert, Ph.D.
About the Book:
Recent headlines detailing disturbingly cruel instances of girl bullying have raised the concerns of parents, educators, and counselors alike. Millions of children each year are affected by bullying in schools — whether they are a target, a bystander, or mean themselves — but until now, attention has been limited to teens. Little Girls Can Be Mean: Four Steps to Bully-Proof Girls in the Early Years is the only book to address the pervasive problem of social cruelty, relational aggression, and bullying in elementary school. Focused squarely on the issues and needs of girls in the yearsÂ before adolescence, the book tackles this growing problem head on, dealing with meanness where it starts.
Using real-life examples, tips for working with your daughter’s teachers, and a refreshingly straight forward four-step approach, developmental psychologists Michelle Anthony, M.A., Ph.D. and Reyna Lindert, Ph.D. tackle the topic of Mean Girls and bullying with their easy-to-use, practical plan for parents, teachers, and counselors. In the book, they address why meanness happens, and what to do about itâ€”whether your child is a target, bystander, or is slipping into meanness. Positive and helpful in tone, each chapter also includes valuable and insightful Tips for Girls, which offer advice, activities, and reading suggestions for girls facing any number of sticky social situations.
Our simple four-step plan gives parents and teachers the tools they need to be a knowledgeable guide at the perfect time when girls value adult input, in the years before peer influence takes over and pushes caring adults away. Observe, Connect, Guide, and Support to Act: Once you have this plan, you know what to do next in almost any situation, says co-author Dr. Michelle Anthony.
- Step 1: OBSERVE the social situation and your daughter with new eyes
- Step 2: CONNECT with your child in a whole new way
- Step 3: GUIDE your child with simple, compassionate strategies
- Step 4: SUPPORT HER TO ACT more independently and face the social issue