Loving the unlovable is hard –especially when you are a kid.
“Roof, Roof, Roof, Roof,” my classmates yelled.
As an adult it seems silly, but in 5th grade, this chanting of my name, an intentional variation at that, left me in tears. Words, just as much as sticks and stones, do leave their mark.
Kids can be cruel. Like most young kids at the time, I was sensitive and extremely impressionable. The combination proved to break me.
And so I did what most 5th graders would do – I cried my eyes out!
The reality of bullying is no different today. In fact, I would venture to guess, it is worse. It seems that over the past few years, we have seen an increased awareness to the threat of bullying. Thankfully, many people, students included, are working together to help the real threat bullying is to other children.
According to stopbullying.gov between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 students are bullied, with the prevalence seen mostly in middle school. Teaching our children how to handle bullies is incredibly important because they will likely encounter a bully or two in the classroom, locker room, playground, or workplace.
There are some practical lessons every parent should teach their children when it comes to dealing with bullies. The first two are rather obvious, but the third one, a bit more challenging. I’ve outlined them all over on the Faithgateway blog. Visit their blog to read the full post and let us know how you help your kids deal with bullies!
For an enlightening read for your tween from the point of view of the bully, Sorry I’m Not Sorry is a great choice! This newly released book is book 3 of a trilogy of books from bestselling author Nancy Rue. Each book in the Mean Girl Makeover trilogy focuses on a different character’s point of view. This particular book, Sorry I’m Not Sorry, is a story that exposes the underlying issues that the bully faces causing her to act out towards other kids, but ultimately reveals the biblical truth that God can change anyone.