Author Archives: Melissa J Johnson PhD

Creating a Culture of Compassion

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.” That old adage just isn’t true. Teasing, name calling, gossip, rumors, exclusion, and betrayal are forms of cruelty sometimes referred to as social aggression. Social aggression starts at a surprisingly early age, during the pre-school years. Ever hear a 3 year old

The Social World of Girls, Part 1

Cliques, popular girls, mean girls, rumors, gossip, exclusion, “behind my back,” secrets, bullying, whispering, being “in,” name-calling, glaring, “she turned her back,” being left out, bossy, being uninvited. When we spend time listening to girls, their stories–sooner or later–turn to their relational experiences. They share stories of profound and joyous connection and devastating betrayal and

How to help girls be more assertive

How to Help Girls be More Assertive with Dr. Melissa Johnson: https://www.kidsinthehouse.com/video/embed/5733 <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> For more information on elementary education visit KidsInTheHouse.com  

The Power of Yoga for Teens During COVID-19

—Melissa Johnson, PhD Psychologist, CEO of the Institute for Girls’ Development What are your teens doing to de-stress and stay energized during this challenging time? Moving our bodies, stretching, challenging our physical selves are all great ways to release our every day tensions. Yoga is one movement modality that is particularly effective for teens right

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