A solid anti-bullying campaign starts in the home – with loving parents.
“As a new father, I will serve as the champion defender for my son. I do not want him to be the target of a bully’s reckless comments, but I cannot isolate him in a protective bubble. He will, one day, feel the sting of someone’s deliberate arrows of cruelty. And to prepare him, I will spend plenty of time coaching my son on how to neutralize the comments from an angry peer.” ~ Nick Vujicic
Many times a bully is seeking power. If they don’t receive a sense of having some legitimate power at home, they may seek power outside the home which can present in the form of bullying. I also think it is important for us to understand that kids who are bullied may be attracting the attention of the other kids in ways that make them feel uncomfortable. Perhaps they are smaller, acting in unusual ways, or lacking maturity and/or social skills. The bully then exploits these other kid’s discomfort, leading them to pick on the victim, or simply reacts out of their own discomfort.
We live in a world where differences in preference and opinion abound. Teaching your teen self-love and acceptance, and helping them to become comfortable in their own skin, will enable them to respond in ways that will prevent the bullies from deriving the satisfaction they are seeking from their bullying behavior.
It is up to parents and teachers to truly listen, as well as keep the lines of communication open with the children in their care. It is essential that kids to realize that they do not have to handle being bullied – alone. Working together with me, we can find a way for victims and bullies alike, to safely get assistance.
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