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Sincerely Syreeta is the mother of two daughters who remind her to Empathize, Empower, and EVOLVE every day. She is a freelance journalist, talk show host, life coach, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur based out of Philadelphia, PA.
Apr 23, 2017
I never told my daughters the world was perfect.
In fact, I told them the exact opposite: while it’s a beautiful place, it’s very complex and full of people who are simply trying to figure their existence out--for better or worse.
So, when they each began experiencing bullying in school--especially from girls their age--we took a realistic approach to what was happening and reminded them that while we are their proud and relentless advocates, the most powerful forces of defense that they possess are their voice and critical thinking skills. (Neither has really had the opportunity to experience cyberbullying due to the fact that they don’t have social media accounts yet.) The forces of defense have led to the girls witnessing tangible outcomes of change in their life--such as successful mediation sessions, apologies, and if needed, the bully being sent home for failure to comply--as a result of them standing up and speaking out.
There are 6 things that I think every tween (girls especially) needs to know about mean girls, cyberbullying and bullying in general.
Hopefully, it helps you navigate the choppy waters of friendships (gone awry), self-esteem, and the maturation from girl to young woman.