Ok so you can sit with us… I’m just now getting the whole concept of what the movie Mean Girls is really all about.
Sure, I have experienced my share of mean girl moments, but I didn’t realize that my own little girl would have to experience it as well, even at the young age of almost 3 years old.
I recently went to a birthday party and witnessed a few mean girl moments towards my daughter. Of course, I wanted to go all mama bear on the girls, but I knew that wasn’t the right thing to do. So, of course, I didn’t. At that moment I realized this is only the beginning, and I can’t always be there to protect her.
I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit scared. I know she needs to be tough, so mama can’t always fight her fights. But one thing I know is that I will raise a sweet girl! I’ll show her how to handle any mean girl situations and be able to help any others that may be affected, as well.
I will teach my daughter to treat others the right way and let her know the way you treat people will one day determine who you become. Be kind to one and another.
Still be aware of mama bear though…I’m watching you!
Jessica — Mom of Sophie & Jake
Cori Stanton says
I worry about this all. The. Time. My daughter suffered brain damage at birth and needs help with everything physically. Read:she’s in a wheelchair; however, she is cognitively intact and loves to play and do everything all other kids want to do like play dress up and run around outside and play baseball, etc.. she just does it differently. My daughter has a lot to offer to this world. It’s hard to teach inclusion when both children and adults may not feel comfortable and don’t know how to act. Truth be told, whether or not you’re aware of a child’s cognitive abilities we should always assume competence. Can we help to spread kindness and inclusion together?
Tammy Hale says
Oh girl, I hear ya. I have raised my girl who is now 12 to be kind, sit with the lonely kid and defend those being wrong. She already at age 12 been bullied because she doesn’t adhere to the “rules” of certain groups oh girls. She is a strong girl with an independent mind but even though she won’t admit it, I see the pain in her eyes. It hurts my heart, especially when other moms watch this behavior without correcting it.. It’s a tough, mean world and even at 43 I still experience mean girls. I believe if we instill confidence, self with and kindness in our girls they will be strong leaders of a better world. We women need to build each other up at every age and be supportive of one another.