As a parent, mean-ness among children takes on a whole new dimension. It is so heartbreaking to see children on the receiving end of mean behavior, and equally disturbing to see your child exhibit aggressive behavior toward another child. So much of mainstream culture seems to support and even celebrate this kind of behavior that it really feels like swimming upstream for those of us who strive to raise kind, moral children. And while there is a lot of talk about this phenomenon, there is very little practical advice about how to deal with the "mean girl" syndrome.
Enter 'Little Girls Can Be Mean.' I was so thrilled to find a book that dealt with this topic, and that gave specific, actionable ideas to combat mean girl behavior. Rather than sitting around wringing our hands, parents finally have a guide book of effective ways to change things for our kids. Every parent, teacher, counselor, grandparent and nanny should read this book! This book is interesting, helpful, practical, and effective. I will be buying copies for all of my friends -- I want my kids to grow up in a community of people who subscribe to the ideas presented in this book.