Is your school a bit like the Mean Girls movie? If the answer is yes, then you might want to have a peep at this list of ways to bond with your fellow females because in this day and WE need to present a united front.
Cut back on social media – The more you see of someone else’s life online it can lead to jealousy, so just remember that social media profiles are heavily edited and sometimes life isn’t always perfect.
If you really want to critique someone on their behaviour then do it face to face – that way you present yourself as mature and remember to say something positive about them at the end of your talk.
Join societies like Girl Guides where it teaches you how to work as a team, sorting your own issues and making a positive impact.
Take someone under your wing and show that school isn’t all about cliques. Invite them to go bowling with a group of friends or even a poetry reading! Don’t leave a person out, you may think you don’t like them but half the time you don’t know them properly and you end up judging them on their social media or their fashion sense, sexuality or their attitudes towards recreational drugs or even perhaps their vegan lifestyle. People have many layers don’t just look at one aspect of their personality look at them as a whole person.
If you have an issue with someone they don’t go at each other face to face on social media – do it face to face as messages are hard to interpret if you don’t know the person’s body language and attitude fully. Maybe a teacher could be a mediator? Or a neutral friend who is less likely to take sides.
Encourage body celebrating instead of body shaming. Fashion gives people the freedom to express themselves and whilst you could say, ‘that’s not quite your colour/shape’ help them out! Fashion can be a little daunting. There is no right size to be either.
Attend a women’s rally together – nothing brings girls together more than a cause to fight.
Join clubs with other girls who have the same interests as you like a book club or debate team.
Boys/girls are not worth falling out over.
Just try and be open-minded remembering that people come from all walks of life and share your different experiences! It may help you in the future. There’s no better way to forge a friendship with someone who’s going through the same things as you.