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We go to programs in many schools. Almost every one of them talks about bullying extensively. The cutiest thing is seeing all these little signatures agreeing to the pledge of not bullying others, speaking up when someone is being bullied and more. It's giving me a bit of faith in the school system here because we didn't have that when I was in school. (I don't know if it means anything yet though.)
So to go with the older children theme here this week, as a parent how have you talked to your LO's about bullying? Does the schools your LO's attend talk about bullying at all?
Great subject idea! You know I think the groundowrk for bullying behaviour starts quite young, always pointing out how others feel, and encouraging children to think of others.
As to schools, yes ours have quite a bit about bullying, although in some cases parents take it to far. I know one case where the Mother called the police and said her daughter was being bullied because another girl ( her cousin) had a verbal argument and called her a b****. If the adults had stayed out of it, it would have blown over and they'd have been friends again in 2 days
Its hard to know where to draw the line and get involved though and when to just let the children sort it out themselves.
I think that it's crucial that children learn that they don't get what they want by domination and fear (that's called terrorism) Looking back on my own experience in school, I was bullied in 5th grade by an 8th grader because... well I still don't know why exactly, but she was a very sad and insecure person and I think it was just how she was raised to get love and respect.
That's why I think AP is the way to go. Is it a cure all? Are your children guaranteed to be perfect? Of course not. But by building their lives around meeting their needs and giving them a healthy sense of love and security, they are given a solid foundation on how to live and relate to others.
We would all like to think that every parent is doing the best they can for their child, but I don't buy it. There are a lot of people out there that are continuing the cycle by setting examples to their children that they have to fight to get love/respect. Dead beat parents making the lives of theirs and surrounding children lost and confusing. And so it continues...