My daughters were talking with friends when I overheard several of the girls gossiping about classmates. My daughters weren't making negative comments, but they weren't attempting to stop them, either. I realized that my girls needed to learn appropriate ways to respond when conversation turns to gossip.
Later, I explained to my girls that our entertainment should not come at the expense of someone else's reputation. I suggested three simple ways they could respond to gossip in the future:
Change the subject. Get the group talking about something else.
Defend the person. Say something like, "Oh, she's always been kind to me," or "Are you sure that's true about her? She seems like a girl with a lot of character."
Ask the gossiper to stop. Explain that you don't want to be involved in speaking poorly about another person.
This article appeared in the October/November 2013 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2013 by Vanessa Peters. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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