Friendship & Other Weapons: Group Activities to Help Young Girls Cope with Bullying

Friendship & Other Weapons, coming Fall 2011, is focused on giving elementary school aged girls the knowledge and skills to effectively manage bullying.  This 12-session discussion guide and curriculum for parents and professionals is about breaking the code of silence that governs conflict among girls in their early school years.  By creating safe, open, and fun forums in which group members can talk, learn, and compare experiences, elementary school aged girls gain skills for speaking up when it comes to expressing their feelings and confidence for confronting incidents of cruelty disguised as friendship.

Friendship & Other Weapons helps preserve the exuberant, confident voices of young girls and strengthen their skills to assertively express their thoughts and feelings in ways that respect others, reject bullying behavior, and reflect important values such as empathy, kindness, cooperation, connectedness, personal responsibility, and self-respect.  Based on thought-provoking discussions, engaging games, strength-discovering exercises, and confidence-boosting fun, the hands-on activities in Friendship & Other Weapons build critical knowledge and friendship survival skills such as:

Recognizing the Red Flags of Girl Bullying
Responding Assertively to Bullying Behavior
Realizing Personal Strengths
Connecting with Healthy Friendships
Becoming an Ally to Others Facing Bullying
Resolving Conflicts Directly
Using Technology and Social Media Ethically
Reaching Out to Trustworthy Adults
Making Values-Based Decisions


For more information about the Friendship & Other Weapons curriculum or to arrange a Mother-Daughter workshop in your area, please contact Signe at