DON’T engage in name-calling yourself, especially in front of your child. You’ve no doubt heard the playground rhyme, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” No kid believes this. Sometimes words are actions. Do you remember a time in school when someone called you a name that embarrassed you in front of your friends? Maybe it was a racial slur. There are any number of medical conditions that might make someone a target for name-calling because they stand out.
Recently a 14 year old female student, Aria Jewett, a student at Oceanway Middle School in Duval County, Florida, received a beating so badly by another female student, it resulted in a basal skull fracture and concussion. Another student filmed the attack with a cell phone, while about thirty other students stood around and watched. … Read more
I am noticing a disturbing trend amongst the other comments about my approach to dealing with a bully. Let me say right up front that violence is not the answer. That attitude of violence comes from the “Boys will be boys” attitude. It comes from an ignorance of the overall issue of bullying. I am … Read more