For the last two years, life for Deanna V.’s 16-year-old daughter has been like a real-life version of the movie Mean Girls, with episode after episode of the exclusive clique and reigning acid-tongued queen bees making her teen offspring’s life miserable.
“It’s been one drama after another,” writes the Circle of Moms community member in a post titled “Girls can be so cruel.“ “I’m not saying mine is totally innocent, but there is one main gal that can seem to snap her fingers and have them all in a tailspin.”
But recently after the tormentor called her daughter and friends just to ditch them before a dance, proclaiming her daughter too “mmature,” Deanna’s daughter stood up to the manipulating and controlling leader.
“My daughter finally put her in her place and did a good job of it and I was proud,” says Deanna. Sadly, her daughter revealed afterwards that the bully was going to “make my life hell tomorrow,” and spent the entire Sunday dreading to return to school on Monday.
Unfortunately, Deanna’s daughter’s experience underscores a phenomenon that is taking place in high schools across the country, where social cliques, strategic seating arrangements in school cafeterias, cyber bullying and mean girl queen bees are tormenting the nice kids who fall prey to them. For a parent, it is heartbreaking to stand on the sidelines watching these kids rule the school.
“Watching your child being rejected is so hard,” says Jane, who has put out a call to other moms in the Moms of Teens group for advice or tips from their experience. "She says she wants to handle it on her own and doesn't seem depressed, but I think she's socially anxious now as she won't go to dances, games, etc. I just want her to have a good high school experience. I can hardly stand to go to the school and volunteer or pick her up.”
So what’s a parent to do to help their teen navigate the school hallways and survive life with the queens of mean?
We culled the best ideas from the community and here is a list of five tips for helping your teen avoid defeat on the battleground of the bully:
1. Listen Up
Keeping the lines of communication open will keep you in the loop and help her feel like she is not alone. Open communication is very valuable to a teen dealing with mean girls.
2. Encourage New Friendships
Encourage your daughter to find a new circle of friends.
3. Be a Role Model
Model how caring, respectful people treat each other.
4. Phone Home
Tell her that she can always call you, text you, or reach out when she needs a shoulder to lean on.
5. Teach Her to Trust Her Gut
Encourage your daughter to pay attention to her feelings. If someone is being mean or rude or abusive to her, explain how important it is to heed those feelings and not to discount them. It’s better to walk away then be hurt.
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