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Friendship and Other Weapons: Group Activities to Help Young Girls Aged 5-11 to Cope with Bullying 1st Edition
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With groupwork, the persistent challenge is to present concepts in a way that the group believes these ideas were their own discovery. It doesn't work to say "Today in group we're going to learn about empathy" and then robotically march through the lesson plan. Guiding the discussion and keeping the final outcome in sight while making gentle steering corrections requires the facilitator to have skill and experience. The lessons are clear, well-structured and prescriptive enough that the facilitator who may not be confident with his/her own skills and experience level can deliver without stress (and thereby gain a little more confidence).
With experiential programming, the challenge is always to present activities in a sequential progression so that the group sees the relationship between the abstract concepts and the physical metaphors. The lessons are already sequentially designed. The hard part is already done.
Most importantly, though, the lessons and activities provided in Friendship and Other Weapons are designed to address the issue of "bullying" in the only way, in my opinion, that is effective--by replacing erroneous beliefs and selfish values (manifestations of a coercive and power-based culture) with empathy and tolerance in the hearts of individual young people. The book is a roadmap for individual kids to discover the joy of an open heart.Read more ›
Three years ago, my 6-year-old came home from kindergarten and told me she was being bullied by a girl in her class; I had no idea what to do. Signe hadn't written this amazing book yet, so I did what any other good mother would do, I called the principal at my daughter's school and waited on the doorstep the next morning before school opened.
I am lucky that my daughter is in a very good school district, and this matter was handled well. But as I read Signe's book, Friendship and Other Weapons, I gained a whole new perspective about the inner-workings of young girls and their networks of "friendships," and the inner-workings of bullying disguised as friendship.
This book should be used to help young girls navigate the complex road of making new friends and to give them tools to help them stand up for themselves, and others, in positive, strength-based ways, in the face of bullies.
Signe has written a book that is easy to read, hard to put down, and a must for parents, educators and clinicians. Friendship and Other Weapons can be a part of raising girls who feel good about themselves. It's hard to say no to that!
The book offers a 12-week small group experience that guides girls through all aspects of developing healthy friendships and recognizing the signs of unhealthy ones. Sessions progress through behaviors, root causes of that behavior, and ways that girls can effectively and assertively stand up for themselves. Again, as in her previous book, the author uses creative meaningful activities, and numerous role playing situations that allow girls to practice what they've learned.
This book explores so many relevant and important topics - social media, song lyrics, advertising imagery, and much more. Rather than simply giving girls a list of what to do and not do, the sessions give girls valuable tools for a variety of situations. The parent letters at the end of each chapter provide excellent communication, follow-up, and further enrichment activities.
As a parent of a young girl, I learned a great deal from this book about helping my daughter deal with ALL kinds of bullying and unhealthy friendships.
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As a long time school administrator this is an exceptional resource to add to any prevention program and is tailored to girls. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michael McKnight
Signe Whitson has created a fabulous resource for working with young girls. Conflictual relationships between girls are extremely common; addressing this behavior in elementary is... Read morePublished on June 13, 2012 by S. Wright, LBSW
I work with girls ages 5-11 who experience a variety of social emotional challenges. At our school there are a variety of professional staff members who lead weekly girls lunch... Read morePublished on June 6, 2012 by kelly scott
Signe Whitson has done it again! Friendship and Other Weapons is an incredible bullying/friendship resource and a must for anyone working with young girls. Read morePublished on February 23, 2012 by Meredith White-McMahon EdD
Signe Whitson has created a masterpiece. This easy to follow and completely packaged group activity book will help any professional working with young girls. Read morePublished on January 10, 2012 by lisa
Friendship and Other Weapons is a wonderful resource for educators, counseling professionals, parents, and group leaders who wish to address bullying and instill pro-social... Read morePublished on November 22, 2011 by TJ Ludwig