The Question:My 10 year-old daughter has a friend that likes her one day and doesn’t the next – how can I help her through this?

The Answer:

Buckle up – these are the years for mean girls! Grades 5-7 can be very challenging for young girls. Their friends can be moody, cliquey, and mean. This is a great age for daughters to have parents who are supportive listeners. The best way to help her is to listen deeply. Often girls can work out their own problems if they have a supportive adult to help them. Ask open ended, non-judgemental questions that support her feelings “how did you feel when she left you at recess?” “if that happens again what do you think you’ll do differently?” “what do you think of people who treat their friends this way?” There are also some great books that help build girl’s self-esteem from the life stories of strong females to how-to books for girls. The Barrie Library’s information service has some great staff to help with your selection. Journals are also fabulous for girls at this age. If you feel your daughter is struggling with anxiety, stress, depression or is showing signs of sleep disturbance, self-harm or disordered eating please feel free to contact me at 705-735-9107.


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Jennifer McCallum

Thank you so much for stopping by this page to get to know a bit more about me and why I started Parent Guide Inc. My business story started a way back in 2001... …after the birth of my first daughter, I realized that an "all-in-one" resource guide for parents was needed, and fast! I designed the New Parent Resource Guide to fill a gap in the community for busy parents like myself. The New Parent Resource Guide offers an A-Z of key contacts for parents, caregivers, service providers, and health care professionals.  Working with key businesses and organizations in the community, we have also compiled much-needed articles, tips, and charts to answer all your parenting questions. The latest addition to our family is the School Age Resource Guide to serve parents of children, 3 to 18 years!  This guide answers questions about: nutrition, bullying, curriculum, building self-esteem, and much more, as well as offering a full directory of local and national resources. The website offers an “all-in-one” spot for parents to connect, add their own blog, and find needed resources in their community.  It is a site that educates and entertains and if you can't find somthing just ASK me. I am here to serve YOU!  My hope is that you connect with our members, find comfort in their words, and share your own story. My goal is to see what I can do to help make life a bit easier for you.   You are why I do what I do! I can’t wait to get to know you!  Comment below to tell me about yourself – then start blogging so we can find out what makes you get up in the morning!  Check out my blog too and I am sure you will be surprised what gets me out of bed each day!!! Jennifer -  Mom and Publisher

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