What’s going on with middle school girls? They’re ruthless in their criticisms of each other. (You’re so ugly/fat/stupid. She wears fake Uggs. Her Ziploc bag is from the dollar store.)  They form cliques and delight in keeping people out. Their social media pages are filled with unkind comments and photos from private parties. The subtext: I’m so popular and you’re a loser.


Girls return home from school in tears, demanding the latest brands as a form of armor against the next round of bullying. Parents scratch their heads and wonder if they should give in.


We talk with author and Girl Talk founder Haley Kilpatrick about mean girls and bullying, what daughters wish from their moms, and the varied ways that unkindness plays out in the larger world, including boys and adults.

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