Post-It Note Tuesday: The Mean Girls Edition

There’s an old Waylon Jennings song called ‘Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys‘ (1978).  Mamas, I’m asking you to not let your babies grow up to be Mean Girls.  And, if your babies do in fact grow up to be Mean Girls and you see it/hear about it… well, you’re still their mama and you need to step up and tell them to act their age.
I’ve been the target of the Mean Girls more than once.  It was surprising in middle school, or maybe even high school, but running into the Mean Girls in my late 20’s was sort of a shock.  I definitely wasn’t prepared for the crap storm that followed…that still follows…but I won’t fight a loosing battle.  Where are there mamas?  Wouldn’t they be disappointed?  I’d be disappointed in my 5 year old acting the way I’ve seen grown women act over the last few years.
Mean Girls are everywhere.  Work, church, moms groups, etc.  Sometimes you may even think they are your friends.  Trust me.  If they do it to other people, they will do it to you too.
My adult Mean Girl run-in has long died down, but I still see it happen to people all the time.
So again, Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be Mean Girls.
Teach them how to love, or at least respect, everyone.  That doesn’t mean be friends with or even agree with everyone they meet, but at least act like a decent person.
And whether they are 9 or 39, if you see them showing a Mean Girl side, do your job as a mama and call them on it.
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8 Responses to Post-It Note Tuesday: The Mean Girls Edition

  1. Guys are jerks, but at least they are up front and honest about it. The passive aggressive / back biting of the xx chromosome gender is insanely evil.
    Every now and then my wife says, “You don’t have to pretend that you like it” and I’ll say, “I’m aggressive, if I don’t like it, I say so.”
    Love love love the ladies, so happy I’m not raising a teenage girl. oy.

  2. Jess says:

    M is just now experiencing the Mean Girl phenomenon. It’s awful to hear her tell me what that clique says about her and her friends…it also has her looking at adult friendships (ie mine lol). Can’t get anything past that chick I tell ya…

  3. Well said! Having a 17 old daughter, she(we) have been dealing with this issue for a while. TV has become such a focal point our female youth and the shows that appeal to them show girls in a unflattering manner. I have gone to great measures to teach her to be gentle, kind, and loving to all those she meets. Now that said I have had to call my little angel out on some of her behavior and give her a reality check! I think it all comes down to manners and accountabilty. i am and should still be head accountable for my childs actions if they are still living with me and I am responsible for them. When Maddie starts acting up I remind her that Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior 864 page book is on the bookshelf and she will need to sit down and read a few chapters if she doesn’t straighten up!!

  4. Well said! Having a 17 old daughter, she(we) have been dealing with this issue for a while. TV has become such a focal point our female youth and the shows that appeal to them show girls in a unflattering manner. I have gone to great measures to teach her to be gentle, kind, and loving to all those she meets. Now that said I have had to call my little angel out on some of her behavior and give her a reality check! I think it all comes down to manners and accountabilty. i am and should still be head accountable for my childs actions if they are still living with me and I am responsible for them. When Maddie starts acting up I remind her that Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior 864 page book is on the bookshelf and she will need to sit down and read a few chapters if she doesn’t straighten up!!

  5. Well said! Having a 17 old daughter, she(we) have been dealing with this issue for a while. TV has become such a focal point our female youth and the shows that appeal to them show girls in a unflattering manner. I have gone to great measures to teach her to be gentle, kind, and loving to all those she meets. Now that said I have had to call my little angel out on some of her behavior and give her a reality check! I think it all comes down to manners and accountabilty. i am and should still be head accountable for my childs actions if they are still living with me and I am responsible for them. When Maddie starts acting up I remind her that Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior 864 page book is on the bookshelf and she will need to sit down and read a few chapters if she doesn’t straighten up!!

  6. Well said! Having a 17 old daughter, she(we) have been dealing with this issue for a while. TV has become such a focal point our female youth and the shows that appeal to them show girls in a unflattering manner. I have gone to great measures to teach her to be gentle, kind, and loving to all those she meets. Now that said I have had to call my little angel out on some of her behavior and give her a reality check! I think it all comes down to manners and accountabilty. i am and should still be head accountable for my childs actions if they are still living with me and I am responsible for them. When Maddie starts acting up I remind her that Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior 864 page book is on the bookshelf and she will need to sit down and read a few chapters if she doesn’t straighten up!!

  7. Well said! Having a 17 old daughter, she(we) have been dealing with this issue for a while. TV has become such a focal point our female youth and the shows that appeal to them show girls in a unflattering manner. I have gone to great measures to teach her to be gentle, kind, and loving to all those she meets. Now that said I have had to call my little angel out on some of her behavior and give her a reality check! I think it all comes down to manners and accountabilty. i am and should still be head accountable for my childs actions if they are still living with me and I am responsible for them. When Maddie starts acting up I remind her that Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior 864 page book is on the bookshelf and she will need to sit down and read a few chapters if she doesn’t straighten up!!

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