Helping your daughter avoid mean girl drama

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Helping your daughter avoid mean girl drama

Mean girl drama is something we hear about from our girls; it’s something we hear about in sitcoms and films, and it’s something that is kind of culturally pervasive in terms of girls stereotypes of being catty, and mean, and manipulative. One of the things that I like to do, rather other than focusing on the mean girl situations is to shine a light on all of the ways that girls and women work together, to really acknowledge when girls are working as a team, when they’re being enterprising, when they’re creating something together, when they’re solving problems – and they do this a lot. So recognizing that and shining the light on that is a powerful way of helping the girls not get caught up in the drama.

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Melissa J. Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist, is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Girl’s Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert in child and teen development, Dr, Johnson holds a master's degree in Education and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute. Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring education programs and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson's approach to raising and mentoring youth draws together contemporary research in neuroscience and mind/body health, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Johnson was recognized by the State of California with an Outstanding Women in Business award winner in 2011. Dr. Johnson is a former Interim Chair of the Maters Programs in counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verve and the University of Southern California. Dr. Jonson is a welcomed local and national speaker. Her peer-reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.

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