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A fellow teacher sent me this link and said, “I wish we could show this at school”. I wish we could too. And if we weren’t so worried about being ‘nice’ and parent complaints, we probably would.

It would be a great way to start the conversation about relational aggression, girls and their frenemies and the increased prevalence of boys in this behaviour. Apart from all that, it is a kick-arse anthem by the cast of Mean Girls and Barrett Wilbert Weed is fierce!

So, we might not be able to use this resource at school, but it’s a good jump off point for a chat with your own teenagers.

More resources:

How To Respond To Your Child’s Friendship Issues

What You Need To Know About Girls and Their Frenemies

5 Truths About Friendship That Will Save Your Kids A Lot Of Grief

 

I’d Rather Be Me

So your best friend screwed you over
Acted nice when she’s not nice
Well I have some advice
Cause it’s happened to me twice
Here’s my secret strategy it always works because
The world doesn’t end it just feels like it does

So raise your right finger and solemnly swear
Whatever they say about me – I don’t care

I won’t twist in knots to join your game
I will say you make me mad
And if you treat me bad, I’ll say ‘you’re bad’
And if I eat alone from this moment on,
That’s just what I’ll do
Cause I’d rather be me
I’d rather be me
I’d rather be me than be with you

We’re supposed to all be ladies
And be nurturing, and care
Is that really fair
Boys get to fight we have to share
Here’s the way that turns out we always understand
How to slap someone down with our underhand

So here’s my right finger, to how girls should behave
Sometimes what’s meant to break you
makes you brave

So I will not act all innocent
I won’t fake apologise
Let’s just fight and then make up not tell these lies
Let’s call our damage even
Clean the slate so it’s like new
It’s a new life for me
So I’d rather be me
I’d rather be me than be with you

I’ll say no! (no)
I’ll say knock it off with your notes and your rules and your games
And these sycophants who follow you
I’ll remember all their names
And when they drag you down like they inevitably do
I will not laugh along with them and approve their palace coup cause that’s not me

I don’t need their good opinions
I have plenty of opinions
Every asshole has opinions but that doesn’t make them true
What’s true is being me
And I’d rather be me
I’d rather be me than be with you

So raise them high cause playing nice and shy, is insulting my IQ
I’d rather be me
(I’d rather be me)
I’d rather be me
(I’d rather be me)
I’d rather be me than be with you
I’d rather be me
(I’d rather be me)
I’d rather be me
(I’d rather be me)
I’d rather be me than be with you

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Linda Stade has worked in various teaching and management roles in education for twenty-five years. She has worked in government and private schools, country and city, single-sex and co-ed. Currently, she is a freelance writer and speaker in Western Australia.


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