I admit it. I am excited about seeing the sequel to this movie classic. Aren’t you?!
If I am honest, however, I am more interested in the thoughts the remake has provoked. Do the mean girls REAlly stay mean? I think it depends on what life has dished out. I mean just look at the title people….Mean Moms. It is easy to be a self-centered narcissist in high school, but most of us transcend into the exact opposite once that “little bundle of joy” arrives. Why the italics? Well, because that sweet little euphemism is dripping with sarcasm! If you aren’t a mother to a teen, or have already been privileged to raise such a beast, you just have no clue. That in and of itself will turn you into a mean, grumpy, ‘ol troll. But I digress…sigh…
I wasn’t the mean girl. I was the recipient of such cruelty until 6th grade. It sucked. Thankfully, things changed enough that by the end of middle school I was pretty well-adjusted. I can even say that I enjoyed most parts of middle and high school. Yet, I can tell you first hand that the mean girls still existed and others weren’t so lucky. In fact, many of the other girls transferred to another school. Heck , even I did temporarily! Honestly, it was the best thing I ever did. It’s amazing what a fresh start, coinciding with the transformation only puberty can provide, will do for a gal.
As if scripted from the same movie, I can also tell you a good deal of torment was at the hands of a “RING LEADER” who was fueled by her own mother. However, that Karma Bus may not hit on your time schedule, but it hits. Always does. I should have been happy to hear it. My former teenage self would have “danced a jig in the street” with delight. But I wasn’t. I am a mom. She is a mom. Poor thing got her “just dessert” at the expense of her own daughter. A daughter who is both physically and inwardly beautiful. A daughter she loves. Luckily, a change in schools did the trick for her as well.
As mothers we need to be mindful not to foster such behavior in our little darlings. Be sad if little Suzie Q gets cheer captain; just don’t bad-mouth her. Tell your kid to congratulate her. Teach character, kindness and compassion. If a new girl enrolls at her school, tell her to use her popularity to help the student make an easier transition into acceptance. Have a zero tolerance for bullying. Zero! And for goodness sakes, if you are the Mean Mom, STOP! That karma bus maybe temporarily running over someone else, but it is coming…eventually.
Life is short…way too short to be mean. So grab some popcorn, enjoy the hilarious comedy and take comfort in knowing some mean girls grow up to be Great Moms!