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Relational Aggression

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 In honor of proving that out-of-date childhood adage incorrect, the week of January 21st-25th has been set aside as No Name Calling Week.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?