“Promise me you’ll always remember…you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” Christopher Robin to Pooh
Was it so much easier a generation ago to be a kid?
You probably didn’t think so at the time if you suffered much the same taunts and teases as kids do today. The difference between then and now is that we could go home, close the door, and find people who loved you, even with your own fair share of sibling battles.
Today, there is no where to hide. Bullies find you everywhere, at all times, and if online; forever. But imagine if bullying were approached like a drug problem, where both supply and demand is simultaneously approached.
Here are three simple ideas that you can put into effect right now:
- Let your child know he/she is loved unconditionally by everyone in your household and more in terms of extended family. See the wonderful quote above by Christopher Robin that says it all!
- Arm your children with a powerful weapon to neutralize the bully. Bill Cosby’s The Meanest Thing to Say has empowered many four- to eight-year-olds to resist the schoolyard bully. Cosby encourages young readers to respond to taunts simply by saying, “So?” instead of giving away their true feelings or responding aggressively. While “So?” will not always disarm a bully, it is one terrific tool for children to put into their social-skills toolbox.
- Here is a very effective exercise. Draw a line in the room and have everyone stand on one side. Now ask anyone who has ever been bullied to step over the line. You will find that (just about) everyone steps over which in itself is a powerful emotion. What this does is recognize the bully has also been bullied. With schools facing budget cuts and at the same time required to present anti-bullying programs, there is a wonderful, free program offered by the folks at Operation Respect.
There is no hurt as difficult as when our children hurt. Hopefully, this little band-aid can help make it go away.
Have a great week!
Founder, Parental Wisdom®