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Relational Aggression

What Does Bullying Look Like?

Signe Whitson | Posted 02.17.2017 | Parents
Signe Whitson

After teaching the differences between rude, mean, and bullying behaviors to students, I empower them further by helping them recognize the four most common types of bullying and talking to them about the everyday ways they see each type occurring among their peers.

Beyoncé Said It Best, Women Need to Get in Formation! Harnessing the Power of Women in Leadership

20 Beautiful Women | Posted 02.07.2017 | Women
20 Beautiful Women

"Okay ladies now let's get in formation (cause I slay) Okay ladies now let's get in formation (cause I slay) Prove to me you got some coordination sla...

Friends or Frenemies? Understanding Bullying in Schools

Signe Whitson | Posted 05.13.2016 | Parents
Signe Whitson

It is important to distinguish between rude, mean, and bullying so that teachers, school administrators, police, youth workers, parents, and kids all know what to pay attention to and when to intervene.

Let's Get Used to It: Mean Girls Are Forever!

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

It has finally been acknowledged that mean girl behavior and bullying, especially of the older and infirm, has ever been a fixture in nursing homes an...

How to Help Girls Cope With Friendship Conflicts and Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 03.14.2015 | Parents
Signe Whitson

The friendships that are so easily formed between girls during their youngest years quickly become complicated as early as the elementary school years. Adults play the key role in teaching kids about healthy friendships and supporting them through the inevitable pains of toxic ones.

9 Strategies to Help Kids Cope With Social Exclusion and Friendship Breakups

Signe Whitson | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Signe Whitson

When parents allow themselves to get distracted by surface misbehavior, they push their children away at just the time that the young person needs to be held most closely. In the heat of the moment, don't take anything your child says personally but do remember how desperately she needs your love and support at this time in her life.

Words Matter! Using Kid's Books to Celebrate No Name-Calling Week at School and at Home

Signe Whitson | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education
Signe Whitson

Turns out that while sticks and stones can break your bones, words, too, can really hurt. In honor of proving that out-of-date childhood adage incorrect, the week of January 21st-25th has been set aside as No Name Calling Week.

When Friendship Is Used as a Weapon: Revealing the Hidden Nature of Relational Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education
Signe Whitson

By the early school years, most youngsters have experienced unspoken -- but not unsubtle -- acts of social aggression that shake the carefully laid foundations of their self-image and beliefs about friendship.

Mom Worried About the Mean Girls at Montessori Preschool

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 02.08.2012 | Parents
Dr. Irene S. Levine

This year, one of my daughter's friends told her she doesn't have straight hair and shouldn't play with them. Then she started ignoring my daughter. I know that my child feels hurt and I'm concerned about her. Signed, Worried Mom

It's Not Fair! 3 Rules for Handling Jealousy Among Kids

Signe Whitson | Posted 01.15.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Sometimes, a demand for fairness has everything to do with a wrong that needs to be righted, but just as often, "It's not fair" is kid-language for "I'm soooooo jealous!"

Sticks and Stones: A Little Girl's First Experience with Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 11.19.2011 | Parents
Signe Whitson

My daughter had her first heartbreak at the tender age of four. The good news is that children are resilient and can move on.

Healthy Aggression in Girls

Tabby Biddle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tabby Biddle

Anger and physical aggression in girls and women is typically deemed inappropriate. We are taught to deny, suppress and hide these feelings, but that's not necessarily the healthiest response.

The Messy Reality of High School Hazing

Rosalind Wiseman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rosalind Wiseman

Why do we take as a given that membership in a group should depend on being broken, demeaned and humiliated?