Podcast Episode 177: No More Mean Girls

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 177 of The New Family Podcast where we talk about how to raise confident and compassionate girls at a time when mean-girl behaviour is happening at younger and younger ages.

For this episode we welcome child and adolescent psychotherapist, Katie Hurley, back to the show. We first heard from Katie way back on episode 31 when we discussed her insightful book, The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World. Her new book is called No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident and Compassionate Girls.

Katie explains that she’s seeing a pattern of Mean-Girl behaviour we typically associate with high school or middle school cropping up more often in the elementary years. We talk about why when girls are flourishing academically are they engaged in toxic competition with one another, and critically, what we can do about it.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

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

The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World

Katie’s website Practical Parenting

Katie’s Facebook Page

Related Episode: Raising Happy Kids

Related Episode: Strong is the New Pretty

Related Episode: The Modern Family’s Guide to Feminism Part 2 — Raising a Feminist Little Princess

Katie’s Parenting Advice

“Girls can be successful and good friends. They can be confident and kind. They can be powerful and thoughtful. We love girl-power and we want girls to have every opportunity and try every opportunity and that’s a good thing – it’s good for them to have opportunities and try new things. What we’ve forgotten is that the best way for girls and women to rise to the top is together by lifting each other up. And part of that is empowering them to speak up but to speak up together. Part of it is empowering them to be confident together. If girls learn how to support each other, how to lean in – we will have a more successful, kinder, more compassionate, stronger generation of girls than ever but they’ve got to do it together and that begins at home.”

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