Friendship & Other Weapons: Group Activities to Help Young Girls Aged 5-11 to Cope with Bullying

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Friendship & Other Weapons empowers elementary school aged girls with the knowledge and skills they need 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

To find out about Signe’s customized workshops and presentations based on Friendship & Other Weapons, please click here or visit the Custom Bookings page on this site.


For Resources for Kids, check out Signe’s latest 2-book set, The 8 Keys to End Bullying Activity Program.

What people are saying about Friendship & Other Weapons

“Friendship and Other Weapons has a wealth of new activities that teach young girls how to navigate the dark side of friendship and stand up to bullying. With clear, simple instructions and powerful points to make about friendship and aggression, this curriculum is a must have for anyone working with young girls. I can’t wait to try out some of the activities!”

Rachel Simmons,
author of Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls

“Friendship and Other Weapons is a wonderful resource for educators, counseling professionals, parents, and group leaders who wish to address bullying and instill pro-social friendship skills in girls ages 5-11. I highly recommend it.”

Trudy Ludwig,
best-selling author of My Secret Bully

“Want a proven way to help girls feel powerful enough to stand up to friendship bullies? This is it. The variety of activities reaches girls with different learning styles. The positive approach equips both parents and teachers with the tools they need to help girls assertively call out and reject friendship bullying.”

Nancy Gruver.
Founder of New Moon Girl Media

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