Below is a post from April 30, 2014. I think it bears repeating.

bullyingI’ve been thinking about bullying a lot lately. Is it true that more kids are bullied today than when I was a kid or is it just there is more news coverage? I don’t know. I know I was bullied but we didn’t call it that back in the 50’s and 60’s. We called it teasing, being made fun of. I was teased for wearing glasses, having curly hair, being overweight, being big breasted, not fitting in. What I do know is that it hurt, it affected my self-image and the reports I read saying that it leaves scars into middle age seem to be true. I’ve healed a lot of those scars but wouldn’t it be better to not create them in the first place?

What can you and I do about bullying? The website KIDPOWER lists 8 skills we can teach our children and grandchildren. Below are the skills; the details can be found by clicking the link above.

  1. Walking with Awareness, Calm, Respect, and Confidence
  2. Leaving in a Powerful, Positive Way
  3. Setting a Boundary
  4. Using Your Voice
  5. Protecting Your Feelings From Name-Calling
  6. Speaking Up for Inclusion
  7. Being Persistent in Getting Help
  8. Using Physical Self-Defense as a Last Resort

We can teach our kids what to do if they are bullied or they see someone being bullied. And we can teach our kids not to be bullied. That starts at home by treating our children with love and respect and not allowing bullying in the home. Yes, it happens there too. Even parents can be bullies. Kids model what they see. Let them see love, understanding and acceptance.

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