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Being Excluded Can Be Just As Painful in Adulthood

Pat Blumenthal | Posted 08.07.2016 | Fifty
Pat Blumenthal

Being excluded is one of the worst feelings in the world. Ask any middle schooler and they will tell you it's the thing they fear most - it's not gett...

The Troubling Part Of Middle School That Follows You Into Midlife

Leslie Blanchard | Posted 04.27.2016 | Fifty
Leslie Blanchard

I'm surprised no one's made a sequel to the movie 'Mean Girls.' Because, unfortunately Social Exclusion and its accompanying behaviors aren't always left on the abandoned playgrounds of our youth. In fact, sometimes it seems like it's even picked up a little momentum by middle age.

High School All Over Again? 4 Tips for Dealing with Parent Cliques

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 04.04.2016 | Parents
Ryan Thomas Neace

I reached the apex of my childhood popularity in eighth grade, having rotated into the "most sought after guy" slot relatively frequently to that poin...

Friend Or Associate

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 12.02.2016 | Women
Sophia Williams-Baugh

So...I've always wondered, "what is a friend?" How is a friend supposed to act? How do they interact with each other? How much time do they spend toge...

6 Steps To Protect Yourself From Toxic Friendships

Alexandra Harra | Posted 07.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Harra

Friendships should strengthen our peace of mind and contribute to our inner harmony. Consider taking these six steps the next time you sense toxicity brewing within a relationship and rediscover the joys of truly positive energy.

F the Clique -- I Got a TRIBE

Adiba Nelson | Posted 05.13.2016 | Women
Adiba Nelson

My tribe is wildly honest. Even if you're new to the tribe, honesty is the unspoken but obviously established rule. We lay our souls bare. We speak the unadulterated truth. We don't pull punches and we don't sugar coat the shit.

5 Ways Being An Adult Beats Being A Teen

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Those years between 13 and 18 certainly weren't easy, were they? It's amazing that we got through them. Some of us got through them relatively unscathed, while others are still self-conscious about the very issues that we got teased about back then

Feminism Is a Popularity Contest That I'm Losing

Erin McKelle | Posted 04.09.2015 | Women
Erin McKelle

No, I don't live in New York; I'm not competing for press; I'm not trying to be the most liked or endorsed. Sure, I still have moments of frustration, but I'm focused on me. And I can honestly say I've never felt more comfortable in my skin.

The Benefits of Cliques

Andrew Smiler | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Andrew Smiler

Part of being an American teenager means some effort to answer the question "who am I?" Being a member of a particular clique provides one answer to tha

What Your Teens Want You To Know About Bullying

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

This is what your kids want you to know about the bullying experience, but might never tell you. You see, they don't want to upset you, disappoint you, worry you and are even concerned that you might not be interested.

Why I'm Glad the Cool Mom Cliques Don't Want Me

Pauline Gaines | Posted 06.04.2014 | Parents
Pauline Gaines

The good thing about going through a lot of bad stuff is that you figure out what matters. While I would have liked the resources to entertain more, or to travel with friends, I've cultivated great friendships by having people over for potlucks.

Carrie and The Girls or The 'HIMYM' Gang: What's Your Fave Friend Group on TV?

Posted 09.12.2013 | Celebrity

What you watch on TV says a lot about you, and often times, the company you keep. Whether you gravitate toward comedy or drama, you're likely drawn...

The Lesson I've Never Mastered -- But My Daughter Should

Brenna Jennings | Posted 08.23.2013 | Parents
Brenna Jennings

My girl is insulated right now, but I see the hierarchies starting already, the BFFs forming. What if we can raise a kid to be herself and do her own thing, and to not be hurt by the judgement of others?

Instagram: Social Tool or Social Problem?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 06.30.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Capturing moments and sharing memories has usually been a source of joy. Photos are, after all, intended to capture history, lovely moments and times spent together. They are also intended to bring a bit of happiness to the viewer, correct?

The Microcosm of Homeschooling

Kara King | Posted 03.19.2013 | Teen
Kara King

I was not popular in high school. My knowledge of Hobbit habits and British literature did not bode well for me as a freshman.

Christian Group Protests Anti-Bullying Day At Schools, Claims It Promotes Homosexual Agenda

Posted 10.15.2012 | Education

A conservative evangelical group is encouraging parents to boycott “Mix It Up at Lunch Day” on Oct. 30 by keeping their children home from school....

Best Friends and Bullying: Are they Cousins?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 11.25.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I am convinced that a great deal of girl-on-girl and women-on-women bullying would be significantly less likely to occur if we taught our daughters two things: that they don't need to have a best friend and that they should express their feelings directly and kindly.

Fearing the First Day of School?

Marsha Pinto | Posted 10.24.2012 | Teen
Marsha Pinto

Whether you are starting middle school, high school, college or just another school year, the first day of school can bring about mixed emotions.

'This Is The End, My Friend'

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 07.09.2012 | Women
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Back in elementary school, I idealized the notion of having "tons of friends." Now I know through experience that it's not about quantity (either in real life or on Facebook), but quality.

4 Types of Friends to Avoid

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 03.30.2012 | Women
Barbara Greenberg

My suggestion is to do a friendship check and ask yourself why you hang on to the energy vampires. There is just not enough time in life to spend with those who deflate you.

When Your Child is the Bully

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 10.05.2011 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Bullying is a particularly vexing characteristic to correct because we often don't see it -- or, we don't want to see it. No one wants to believe their own child can be mean.

Hey Washington Post: Mean Girls Have Nothing to Do With Age

Meredith Fineman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Meredith Fineman

Women putting down other women doesn't stop after high school. We're smarter, more developed, and more capable of bringing each other down verbally and psychologically.

Friendship by the Book: Finding "Unexpected Angels" in the Workplace

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Women should create "communities of support" at work that consist of at least two other like-minded women who will help each other stay on target to their dreams and resolve problems along the way.

Finding a Bunco group, one player at a time

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Irene, First of all, thank you for your blog and columns; I've gained much insight from you. I am a 42-year-old mother of two boys and...

A Bad Week For Body Image

Leslie Goldman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Leslie Goldman

Club 21 is an elite clique to which high school girls at St Patrick's College can belong. The thinner the girl, the prettier and more popular she is assumed to be and the higher her rank, from 1 to 21.