Friday, September 4, 2009

Rachel Simmons is Back!

Rachel Simmons made the rounds in Metro Boston around 2004 speaking to middle school students and their parents about girls, bullying, and cliques in schools. Odd Girl Out was the result of 300 interviews with girls and 50 adults regarding these acts of aggression and the toll that it takes on a girl's self-esteem.

I guess it was comforting as a parent to know that your child was not the only one who was the target of these groups of girls, but I was disappointed that there was nothing offered to help parents and girls combat what was happening. Curse of the Good Girl does what Odd Girl Out did not--offer strategies and exercises to assist parents in teaching girls to be individuals, for it is more important to stay true to what they believe than to be liked and follow the crowd. Perhaps Metrowest Boston will be seeing Rachel again! SH

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