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.