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When Girls Hurt Girls® Helps Educators Start Relational Aggression Prevention in Kindergarten
Free Live Teleclass for Educators, Counselors and Youth Groups

Relational aggression (a.k.a. RA or emotional bullying) can begin among girls as young as 2.5 years old. Early prevention is the key to happy, well-balanced girls, and educators, counselors and youth group leaders can get the help they need to start young girls off right. On Thursday, March 3, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. central time, A Way Through, LLC, will conduct the second of two content-rich calls focused on helping young girls through friendship problems. Register now for “When Girls Hurt Girls®: 3 Compelling Reasons to Start RA Prevention in Kindergarten (And How to Do It Right)” at www.awaythrough.com/teleclass. The live teleclass is free; the audio/transcript download is available for $5. 

“Most people think of relational aggression as a ’tween or teen problem, but research indicates that relational aggression starts as young as age 2.5. As soon as girls start making friends, their emotionally charged wiring can result in emotional bullying,” said Jane Balvanz, an elementary school counselor and co-founder of A Way Through, LLC. “Fortunately, girls this age and in kindergarten through grade 2 are very open to adult guidance, so it’s a great time to share the tools and techniques they need to work through their own issues.”

“As adults, we must stop swooping in to solve problems for our girls. This sends them the wrong message — that we don’t trust in their abilities,” said Blair Wagner, co-founder of A Way Through, LLC. “Instead, let’s work with them to nurture their self confidence. Let’s help them groom their social skills, so they can speak up, think of others’ feelings, and become independent problem solvers who can manage anything life throws at them.”

With this teleclass, A Way Through celebrates the completion of its curricula for When Girls Hurt Girls® Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. The Grades K-2 curriculum will be complete in March with the release of the Audio CDs and Role Play Cards to accompany the K-2 Parent Pack. These age-appropriate materials introduce two new techniques that enable educators and parents to coach girls who are not yet able to read and provide responses that allow girls to think and feel for themselves.

Those who attend the teleclass will learn how to receive a limited time offer on these materials. Register for the teleclass and purchase the teleclass transcript and audio files at www.awaythrough.com/teleclass.

About A Way Through, LLC

A Way Through, LLC, equips educators and parents to guide girls in grades K-8 through painful friendships. The company developed When Girls Hurt Girls®, a series of CDs, educational guides and other products, to empower girls to solve their own friendship problems. A Way Through also offers workshops for schools, youth organizations and others to help educators, parents and girls handle the difficult situations girls face with relational aggression. For details, see www.AWayThrough.com.

Feb
10

Appearance on Iowa Public Radio

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Hi, everyone! Jane and Blair here. We’ve been so busy working on our K-2 audio and role play cards for When Girls Hurt Girls®, we almost forgot to mention that we were on the radio in January! We were so excited to be asked to be on “Talk of Iowa” on Iowa Public Radio to share insights on guiding girls through emotional bullying.

To hear us on the show, please listen on our Media page at: www.awaythrough.com/media.htm or click here.

Thank you to Iowa Public Radio and “Talk of Iowa” host Charity Nebbe for addressing this important topic and including A Way Through in the conversation!

And please join us on March 3 at 3:30 p.m. Central Time for a detailed teleclass series (#2 of 2), “When Girls Hurt Girls®: 3 Compelling Reasons to Start Relational Aggression Prevention in Kindergarten (and How to Do It Right).” Get details and register now at www.awaythrough.com/teleclass!

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We just learned that the When Girls Hurt Girls® Parent Pack from A Way Through, LLC, was named Winner of The National Parenting Center’s 2011 Seal of Approval. This program is an independent testing procedure conducted to judge a variety of products introduced and marketed to the parent/child consumer market.

The review states, “This program empowers girls with realistic responses that are appropriate and effective. There are two wonderfully written guides that are filled with great ideas and examples.”

Click here to read the full review from The National Parenting Center.

A Way Through is honored to receive this award, which we dedicate to girls everywhere!

Everyone who educates, counsels or parents girls kindergarten through grade 2 is invited to register for a free teleclass series about emotional bullying (relational aggression) in girls. On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at 3:30 p.m. central time, A Way Through, LLC, will conduct the first of two content-rich calls focused on helping young girls through friendship problems. Register now for “When Girls Hurt Girls®: How to Guide Girls (Grades K-2) through Painful Friendships and Emotional Bullying” at www.awaythrough.com/teleclass3.htm.

“This teleclass series will help anyone — elementary school counselors, administrators and teachers as well as parents — guide kindergarten through grade 2 girls to solve their own friendship problems before they even start,” said Blair Wagner, co-founder of A Way Through, LLC.

“Research shows that relational aggression can start as young as age 2 — when kids start making friends,” said Jane Balvanz, an elementary school counselor and co-founder of A Way Through, LLC. “It makes sense to start at the foundation of girlhood, because early prevention of relational aggression promotes healthy friendships and reduces the damage it can inflict upon children. Plus, girls this age eagerly participate and learn from our techniques.”

Over the past year, A Way Through released curricula for When Girls Hurt Girls® Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8. This teleclass series will introduce the Grades K-2 materials, which address developmental milestones in young girls and how those milestones relate to friendships. According to the authors, Balvanz and Wagner, the curriculum introduces two new techniques — Whisper Coaching™ and Neutral Talk™ — which enable educators and parents to coach young girls who can’t read and provide responses that allow girls to think and feel for themselves.

“Choosing positive friendships and assertively addressing emotional bullying are skills young girls need to cultivate now, so they can successfully navigate their future,” said Balvanz, who will co-present with Wagner. “We’re excited to answer some questions about girls and painful friendships.”

The new K-2 guidebooks will be available for purchase online at www.awaythrough.com. Those who attend the teleclass will learn how to receive a limited time offer on the Grades K-2 materials. Register for this free 45-minute call at www.awaythrough.com/teleclass3.htm.

About A Way Through, LLC

A Way Through, LLC, enables educators and parents to guide girls in grades K-8 through painful friendships. The company developed When Girls Hurt Girls®, a series of CDs, educational guides and other products, to empower girls to solve their own friendship problems. A Way Through also offers workshops for schools, youth organizations and others to help educators, parents and girls handle the difficult situations girls face with relational aggression. For details, see www.AWayThrough.com.

During the 2010-11 school year, fifth grade girls in Western Iowa and into Nebraska and South Dakota have the opportunity to learn ways to respond to emotional bullying and develop healthy friendships. A Way Through, LLC, developed the “Bully-Proof” workshops in collaboration with Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa as part of the When Girls Hurt Girls® program. The 25 workshops for all girls in fifth grade follow seven successful community forums about relational aggression, a form of bullying, hosted by the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa in Spring 2010.

“We are very excited to collaborate with Girl Scouts, a youth organization that is showing tremendous leadership on the issue of female bullying,” said Blair Wagner, co-founder of A Way Through, LLC. “The community forums allowed parents to see how relational aggression behaviors can be managed by the girls. These new workshops empower the girls to effectively respond to female bullying situations so they can have happier friendships.”

The workshops will take place in communities across Western Iowa starting in November. A Way Through will join Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa in presenting another round of community forums about relational aggression/female bullying in the spring of 2011.

“Around the age of 10, girls have likely experienced relational aggression, so they know what it is, but they may not realize it can get worse or change forms,” said Jane Balvanz, an elementary school counselor and co-founder of A Way Through, LLC. “They’re at a perfect age to learn preventative techniques and eager enough to practice them. They appreciate being better prepared for grades 6-8 so they can have fun, learn and grow with less worry.”

In addition to the girl workshops and community forums, A Way Through and the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa have an agreement to provide additional training for volunteers and staff about relational aggression.

“We’re proud the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa selected us to teach girls the tools and strategies they need to have successful friendships and to build their courage, confidence and character,” said Wagner. “We also look forward to sharing information about relational aggression in their communities and workplace.”

About A Way Through, LLC

A Way Through, LLC, enables educators and parents to guide girls in grades K-8 through painful friendships. The company developed When Girls Hurt Girls®, a series of CDs, educational guides and other products, to empower girls to solve their own friendship problems. A Way Through also offers workshops for schools, youth organizations and others to help educators, parents and girls handle the difficult situations girls face with relational aggression. For details, see www.AWayThrough.com/girlscouts.

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When Girls Hurt Girls™:  5 Key Strategies for Preparing Your Girl(s) to Diffuse Friendship Drama

Do you find it frustrating to watch your girl(s) continue to struggle with hurtful friendships, getting lost in emotional quicksand, and being unable to participate fully in school, activities, and life in general? 

On September 23, 2009, at 5 PM Eastern, A Way Through, LLC is hosting a free teleclass for parents and educators of girls in grades kindergarten through grade 8.  This teleclass will offer insights based on brain research and provide proven strategies you can use immediately to help your girl(s) to solve their own friendship problems as they start the new school year.

On the call, you’ll learn:

  •  3 strategies for preparing girls for relational aggression situations
  •  What brain research tells us
  •  3 ingredients that must be present to solve a  friendship problem
  •  5 role playing tips
  •  How to help girls who witness others being targeted

Register for this free teleclass online at www.awaythrough.com/teleclass.htm

Share this with your colleagues and parents, too!

We’ll “see you” on the call.

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