Mean Girls Aren’t Mean – Stand up to cliques, bullies, peer pressure and popularity and empower girls in a radical new way

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Mean Girls Aren’t Mean – Stand up to cliques, bullies, peer pressure and popularity and empower girls in a radical new way
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Series: Raising Strong Girls
Genre: Girls
Publisher: CenterPoint Media
Publication Year: 2018
Format: Available Fall 2017
Length: 135 pages
ISBN: 9780993984099


This is the only book you need to help your daughter will peer pressure and popularity contests. As early as age five, your daughter will be thrown into the world of peer pressure, popularity and bullying often at a time when she seems particularly naïve and vulnerable. She will make friends one day and lose them the next. She will be included today and rejected tomorrow. She will be happy one day and depressed the next, often as a result of her friendships and social activities.

Most parents think that all these ups and downs are due to mean girls, cliques and bullies. They watch in dismay as their daughters get tossed about, slump and camouflage. Many feel powerless as their daughters suffer anxiety or sink into depression or self-harm. Others think it is just a “tween-girl thing” and keep their fingers crossed hoping our daughters will survive these difficult years without too much permanent damage. We think they will get over it but they don’t. Girls continue to struggle well into their adult years.

So, what’s really going on? Most of us think that girls are to blame. We point to relational aggression and jealousy and think that girls are just naturally aggressive, nasty and catty and that we simply need to control this bad behavior.

In this book Fitzgerald shines a light on what is really happening in your daughters social world. She shows us that mean girls aren’t mean and cliques are not dangerous. As she says, girls are cruel to other girls not because they are genetically nasty or insensitive. Girls act out because we as a society place such impossible expectations on them and limit their expression and freedoms so severely that they do what any normal person would do: they use the tools they have at their disposal. This book guarantees to change the way you see the world of girls as well as practical solutions to help you and your daughter.

About the Book

This 150 page parenting book turns the myth of “mean girls” on its head.  In doing so it provides fresh and lasting solutions – and skills- for the many girls who struggle with peer pressure, popularity contests, bulling and other social and relationship problems.

Unlike other books that categorize and blame girls (like “Queen Bees and Wanna Bees” by Rosalind Wiseman, 2003) or focus on the psychological and physical  development of girls, this book shifts the focus away from girls to the deeper hidden causes of girls’ behavior.

Backed up by the latest research, Dr. Fitzgerald a gender expert, mother and former lawyer explains how girls are born mean but are simply acting out of a need for control and agency. She unpacks the label of “relational aggression,” girl-bullies and jealousy and shows how reinforcing these ideas causes girls even more harm.

Unlike other parenting books that tend to be lengthy, academic and problem-focused this book is short, practical and solution-focused. This book consists of 30 chapters addressing 30 aspects of girl’s social lives and provides real-life examples and practical solutions. It is guaranteed to change the way parents see the world of girls.

Topics include: Why friendships and cliques are so important to girls; how to help her make and keep good friends; why girls use social control and relationships as weapons; how to deal with bullying and peer pressure and why girls camouflage and shrink themselves. Unlike other books that tend to be academic, and problem-focused this book is practical and completely solution-focused.

About the Author
Maureen F Fitzgerald, PhD

Maureen F. Fitzgerald, PhD, LLB, LLM, BComm is a recovering lawyer, author and change agent. She practiced law for over 20 years and is the founder of CenterPoint Media, a multimedia publisher of books that advance thinking.
In her former life, Maureen was a labor/policy lawyer and mediator. She was also a professor of law at two universities and has written many articles, both academic and practical.
She has a doctorate degree from University of British Columbia, a business degree from University of Alberta; a law degree from the University of Western Ontario; and a masters’ degree in law from the London School of Economics (with distinction). Maureen is author of the following books:
• Lean Out: How to dismantle the corporate barriers that hold women back. 20 Strategies for True Success!
• Motherhood is Madness: How to break the chains that prevent mothers from being truly happy. 15 Simple Solutions!
• Occupy Women: A manifesto for positive change in a world run by men. 20 Powerful Strategies!
• A Woman’s Circle - Create a peer mentoring group for advice, networking, support and connection.
• Invite the Bully to Tea - End harassment, bullying and dysfunction forever with a simple yet radical new approach.
• If not now, when? - Create a life and career of purpose with a powerful vision, a mission statement and measurable goals.
• Mindfulness Made Easy - 50 simple practices to reduce stress, create calm and live in the moment - at home, work and school.
• Hiring, Managing and Keeping the Best - The Complete Canadian Guide for Employers, with Monica Beauregard.
• So You Think You Need a Lawyer - How to Screen, Hire, Manage or Fire a Lawyer.
• Legal Problem Solving - Reasoning, Research and Writing (6thd). Lexis/Nexis
• Wake up Sleeping Beauty: Protect your daughter from sexism, stereotypes and sexualization [out in 2016]
• Mean Girls Aren’t Mean: Stand up to cliques, bullies, peer pressure and popularity and empower girls in a radical new way.[out in 2016]
• Gritty is the New Pretty- Raise confident, courageous and resilient girls in a man’s world. [out in 2016]
Always a leader of both people and ideas, she speaks on topics that promote equality, open-mindedness and justice.Her motto is: Sharing the right ideas at the right time can change the world. You can find her at

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