Good Girls Gone Bad

Helping When Girls Turn Against Each Other

My daughter was part of a group of girls last year, but this year they have abandoned her. There seems to be a ringleader in the group telling the other girls to stay away from my daughter. I’m heartbroken and angry. What do I do?

Sadly, this is one of the more common social scenarios in middle school. Having been there myself as a kid, I know how raw this can be for both child and parent to experience. Although this is purely educational and not intended to ease your pain, it may be useful to remember what’s happening to your daughter and her peers at this stage of their brain development. If you find it annoying to give them a little grace, I understand. Nevertheless, here’s ...

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