Relational Aggression (Mean Girl Behavior): 6 Signs You Need to Watch For! by Kimberly Johnson

5 years ago
Relational Aggression (Mean Girl Behavior): 6 Signs You Need to Watch For!

Relational aggression, also known as "mean girl behavior," can happen at all ages and stages of life. One way to combat it as parents is to model healthy, supportive friendships. Rather than focus on what they shouldn’t say or do, encourage your children to look for ways they can be kind, compassionate and empathetic to others. The common signs of relational aggression are:

  • Talking badly about or making fun of others for who they are, the way they dress or how they look.
  • Backstabbing, excluding or intimidating others.
  • Cyber-bullying or shaming others by leaving hurtful or mean messages on cell phones, social media, desks and lockers.
  • Using peer pressure to get others to participate in bullying.
  • Establishing rules for anyone who wants to be part of the social group.
  • Spreading rumors, gossiping or breaking confidences.

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Ann Marie Patitucci
Thank you for sharing, Kimberly Johnson ! It's so tough to be a kid sometimes. We need to teach our kids that kindness matters, and modeling kindness is a great way to start! 💜
Katie Sloan
It's so important for parents to be involved and aware of what's going on. Listen to your child and acknowledge that she's upset. Help build her esteem so that she rises above the fray.
Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
This is a really important topic and I'm so glad you shared this! Thank you for reminding parents that we need to be aware and take action, Kimberly Johnson !
Christine Jones
Such an important topic Kimberly Johnson and sadly it can happen all through womanhood!
This is beautiful! I couldn't agree more. <3

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