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No more mean girls

Today’s generation of girls is becoming caught up in social hierarchies much earlier than previous generations and, thanks to social media and the “like” button, the pursuit of popularity is more public and insatiable than ever before. Boston College alumna Katie Hurley, a child and adolescent psychotherapist, has written a new book to help parents empower young girls to be kind, confident leaders who work together and build each other up. No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls (TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House, 2018) is a guide for parents to help their young daughters navigate tricky territories such as friendship building, creating an authentic self, standing up for themselves and others, and expressing themselves in a healthy way. Geared for parents of girls aged three to 13, Hurley’s book takes on the “mean girl culture” and alerts parents to the signs of relational aggression—behavior intended to harm someone by damaging or manipulating her relationship with others—in their daughters’ daily lives. Hurley is also the author of The Happy Kid Handbook.