When there are girls around, gossip is likely just around the corner. How do you talk with your girl about how to handle this? Girltribe Nation has you covered.
Gossip is sometimes hard to define, but we tend to know when we hear it. Dishing or tattling or plain old telling stories about another person. Gossip is talking about someone else's private affairs with other people. Sometimes it is the thrill of a secret, sometimes it is inside jokes or details about another person.
Someone who talks easily and eagerly about other people is a gossiper. They soon get a reputation as one who cannot be trusted. A gossiper can also be used by others to start quarrels and cause dissension.
Girltribe Nation is all about lifting one another up rather than tearing one another down. We believe that there can be incredible power and support in the sisterhood.
Why do girls gossip?
Girls gossip out of jealousy. It is very tempting to make others look bad so that you can try to make yourself look better. Tweens and teens are constantly trying on new identities so it can be tempting to talk about what everyone else is doing.
When you find yourself in a gossip situation, you can excuse yourself and walk away, you can tell the person who is sharing the information that you don't feel comfortable talking about that, or you can change the subject and say something positive and affirming about the person who was gossiping. Often the person who is sharing the gossip is having a low personal esteem moment and you have the opportunity to use your words to not only encourage her, but change the outcome of that conversation.
Girltribe Nation believes that we can use our words for good. They are powerful and we want to use our words to build people up rather than tear people down.