Just this morning, my daugher's teacher pulled me aside in the drop off line. "Can we schedule a meeting?" she whispered. "There's been some drama."
Ahhh...the second week of school and here we go.
Well meaning educators, administrators and parents everywhere are searching for answers to "girl drama." This phrase, of course, is based on a negative stereotype of girls as highly emotional, illogical, and overly dramatic. Like many of us, I was labelled a "dramatic girl" and have spent a lifetime reframing my sensitivities as a gift and my powerful emotions as just that...powerful. At the same time, I have worked in schools for a decade running friendship groups for girls (and boys!) where intensity of big feelings lead to behaviors and classroom dynamics that interrupt learning and even make life at home stressful. Of all the interventions I've tried as an educator and parent, Kidpower is by far the most impactful.