How to help girls cope with friendship drama

Melissa Johnson, PhD Adolescent Psychologist, shares advice for parents on the best methods for helping your daughter cope with conflict amongst her friends
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How to help girls cope with friendship drama

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It can be so emotional for our daughters and for us when they are in conflict with their friends. One of the best things that we can do, it’s like a mantra that I keep in my pocket, respond, don’t react. What I need to do to respond not react is either to take some deep breaths to settle my nervous system or my other favorite is what I call feeling gravity. I let myself really feel my feet in the earth in the ground and take a few moments and just breathe in to that. That then helps quiet my mind and settle me so that I can be more available to listen to my daughter, to validate the ways that she is getting through the day and handling this and when she’s ready, it helps me to be available to her to find some solutions.

Melissa Johnson, PhD Adolescent Psychologist, shares advice for parents on the best methods for helping your daughter cope with conflict amongst her friends

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Melissa Johnson, PhD

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Melissa J. Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist, is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Girl’s Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert in child and teen development, Dr, Johnson holds a master's degree in Education and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute. Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring education programs and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson's approach to raising and mentoring youth draws together contemporary research in neuroscience and mind/body health, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Johnson was recognized by the State of California with an Outstanding Women in Business award winner in 2011. Dr. Johnson is a former Interim Chair of the Maters Programs in counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verve and the University of Southern California. Dr. Jonson is a welcomed local and national speaker. Her peer-reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.

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