Posted by Julie at Oct 19, 2012 6:00 am
Per usual, post a comment and you’re entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card! But also, a group of authors organized by Yasmine Galenorn and Mandy Roth have gotten together to speak out against bullying.
Seems like such a no-brainer…something no one should have to speak out against. However, I think it’s pretty obvious that the problem is not getting better…it’s getting worse. Or maybe it’s getting more press. I don’t know, but I do know that children everywhere are feeling so attacked and so alone that they are hurting themselves.
This has to stop.
Since kids don’t read this blog, I’m not going to put up an “it will get better” message. I’m talking to the moms and grandmoms and aunts and friends and cousins who come here, to ask you to have a talk with any young person in your life about bullying. But please, don’t just ask them if they are being bullied…ask them what they think bullying is…and then ask them if they think they’ve ever been the bully. I wonder, sometimes, if the kids who bully actually know what they are doing is wrong. Depending on the age, they are likely emulating behavior they’ve seen…either on TV or at home or even behavior they’ve been on the receiving end of. Bullying is pervasive and sometimes subtle, but it is no less damaging and hurtful.
Teach your kids to love. Teach your kids to respect themselves and each other. Teach your kids that differences are what make us successful, not necessarily our similarities. Then visit some of these other blogs to support the cause for awareness!