No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls

By Katie Hurley
In this Queen Bees and Wannabes for the elementary and middle school set, child and adolescent psychotherapist Katie Hurley shows parents of young girls how to nip mean girl behavior in the bud.

Once upon a time, mean girls primarily existed in high school, while elementary school-aged girls spent hours at play and enjoyed friendships without much drama. But in this fast-paced world in which young girls are exposed to negative behaviors on TV and social media from the moment they enter school, they are also becoming caught up in social hierarchies much earlier. No More Mean Girls is a guide for parents to help their young daughters navigate tricky territories such as friendship building, creating an authentic self, standing up for themselves and others, and expressing themselves in a healthy way.
The need to be liked by others certainly isn't new, but this generation of girls is growing up in an age when the "like" button shows the world just how well-liked they are. When girls acknowledge that they possess positive traits that make them interesting, strong, and likeable, however, the focus shifts and their self-confidence soars; "likes" lose their importance. This book offers actionable steps to help parents empower young girls to be kind, confident leaders who work together and build each other up.

"No More Mean Girls is a veritable treasure chest of ways to help you help girls learn to love themselves, realize their talents, get along and empathize with others, find their inner courage, and lead more successful and fulfilled lives. Katie's ideas are based on sound child development theory and proven research, and designed to be used with your daughter. The fact is, this may well be the only book you will need to raise great girls." --from the foreword by Michele Borba, EdD, bestselling author of Unselfie and The Big Book of Parenting Solutions

"Far too many girls, suffering serious stressors and societal pressures at an early age, are struggling with self-esteem and are cruel to one another. In No More Mean Girls, Katie Hurley immerses herself in this complex world and sheds critical light on how we can do the vital work of raising girls who are sturdier, kinder, and more able to thrive. Her guidance is wise, practical, and concrete, and she doesn't let us as parents off the hook. She reminds us that we have agency and that we need to take on this serious problem squarely. Read this book." --Richard Weissbourd, senior lecturer and faculty director, Making Caring Common, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"Katie Hurley's No More Mean Girls will be an oft-referenced book on my shelf because Hurley's expertise goes beyond the academic. She has real, practical experience working with girls, and their words are one of the most valuable parts of this book. Hurley's practical advice is a boon to any parent who hopes to ease a daughter through the challenging terrain of childhood and adolescence, particularly when that childhood is lived in the harsh spotlight of social media. This book will definitely be on my list of most recommended books for parents and teachers." --Jessica Lahey, New York Times bestselling author of The Gift of Failure

"In No More Mean Girls, Katie Hurley does the impossible--she takes the mystery and angst out of parenting a teen girl by thoughtfully illuminating her thoughts and experiences. With practical language and relatable anecdotes, Katie offers real compassion for the parent and teen that covers tough subjects, common stressors, and points of conflict. No More Mean Girls is not just a guide to raising healthy, independent, and capable women, it's a light toward a brighter future for us all. I hope this book reaches the hands of every parent, teacher, coach, mentor, and individual who plays a role in helping girls grow and thrive in today's world." --Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama, Hands Free Life, and Only Love Today

"I highly recommend Katie's book. Now more than ever, young girls need to learn to stand tall and stick together. Katie Hurley's No More Mean Girls provides a blueprint for parents and educators to raise confident and compassionate leaders in a modern world. The key insight Katie provides is that we all share a responsibility to ourselves and to our girls to live by example and be the change we wish to see." --Idina Menzel, Tony Award-winning actress and singer

"The landscape of girlhood is constantly changing, and even the youngest girls are tasked with learning how to navigate tricky social situations and emotional upheaval. No More Mean Girls provides practical, research-based tips for raising strong, confident, and compassionate girls. A must-read for parents and educators!" --Amy McCready, author of The "Me, Me, Me" Epidemic

"We as a society are witnessing a radical moment in our evolution, one in which we recognize how crucial it is that we raise our daughters to be strong, caring, fierce advocates for themselves and for one another. Katie Hurley's No More Mean Girls provides a practical road map for doing just that--guiding girls through the challenges of growing up so that they become the compassionate leaders so needed in this world. An essential handbook for parents, teachers, counselors, and anyone who is fortunate enough to contribute to the raising of our precious daughters. I can't recommend No More Mean Girls enough." --Susan Stiffelman, MFT, author of Parenting with Presence and Parenting Without Power Struggles

"One of the most important books of our time, No More Mean Girls not only provides poignant points backed by research as well as real-life examples straight from the mouths of girls, it arms you with practical advice and activities that will turn your knowledge into actionable steps. This is a must-read for anyone raising, influencing, teaching, or coaching girls." --Rebecca Eanes, author of Positive Parenting

"There has never been a better time or more need for No More Mean Girls than now. As a parenting author, mother of a daughter, and survivor of the mean girl scene myself, I found this book so insightful, helpful, and enlightening." --Jessica Joelle Alexander, coauthor of The Danish Way of Parenting

"Hurley's user-friendly layout and compassionate advice ensure that her book will be a useful workbook not just for parents, but also for youth counselors, teachers, and other caregivers." --Publisher's Weekly



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ISBN: 9780143130864

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Publisher Tarcherperigee
Publish date 01/30/2018
Pages 336
ISBN-13 9780143130864
ISBN-10 0143130862
Language English

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