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.
Parent Guide Online Expert – Julie Lewis, B.A. (Hons.) Psychology, Cert. Ed
Child & Family Counsellor – Psycho-Educational ConsultantVisit her website at: www.jlewis.ca