“Do not set her up to be gaslighted. When she observes that someone who is being really mean is being really mean, tell her she is right and that it is okay to say so out loud.”


Stout urges us to teach our children, especially our young daughters who are usually taught to be people-pleasing, to trust their instincts. This will leave them less susceptible to "gaslighting" or the erosion of their reality. Teaching children to identify and call out morally reprehensible behavior is the first step to learning self-trust.

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