Parents, Kids and Bullying Behaviors – What Can We Do?

Have you taught your children how to respond to bullying behaviors? Their response can mean the difference between stopping the aggression or escalating it. And what if they are a witness? Will they know how to be an upstander? There are also ways we can teach our kids to resist social pressures and not become a perpetrator themselves of bullying behaviors. Learn more about what we can do to prepare our kids. Check out…

Stop bullying by Jennifer Miller

Parents, Kids and Bullying Behaviors – What Can We Do?

“Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.”

-Elie Weisel

“You’re a horrible person,” was what I heard and deeply felt though I cannot recall the exact words that delivered this final crushing blow. It had come after a series of unconsidered and callous jabs and was interspersed with racial jokes directed at others that were, in part, responsible for the double crease lines between my eyebrows. This clearly was not my circle of friends though they had been the first and only ones I knew in an unfamiliar school in an unfamiliar community. And after many tears, my Mom had me convinced that the only way to deal with this hurtful situation was for me to screw up my courage and directly confront the girl of many mean words. And my Mom was right. Though it may have been the hardest thing I had done in my tender fourteen years of life, it was the most courageous and empowering. I took control of my relationships. I called her on the phone requiring the safety of distance and invisibility. I told her she had been cruel and she knew it. I wouldn’t take it anymore. “Just stop,” I said. And that was it. I’m not sure I muttered another word to her the rest of my high school years nor she me. And I was not only freed by getting rid of her presence in my life, but I felt a new sense of agency. I could face meanness and come away standing tall. Read the full article.

5 Comments on “Parents, Kids and Bullying Behaviors – What Can We Do?

  1. A good one. L,M On Jun 23, 2016, at 9:07 AM, confident parents confident kids wrote:

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      • Your blog is amazing and I feel inspired when I read it. Having someone who believes so strongly in these topics is validating and pushes me to become a better writer and a better advocate. 🙂

      • Oh thank you so much for your supportive words!!!! I throw my heart and soul into this blog and my work hoping it will inspire others so it’s gratifying to hear when it does. There is much to be done in the area of truly understanding and supporting parents and children in their learning and development. So glad you are engaged in that critical work too! I so value your comments and sharing! Best!

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