As the mom of two extremely gentle, somewhat shy little girls, I certainly worry about
their exposure to peer pressure and bullying. I feel extremely lucky that at age 7, my eldest has yet to seriously encounter these problems. I hope to prepare her and her five year old sister, best I can, for the bleak possibilities. There is only so much to be done on the home-front though.
They are well versed on “stranger-danger,” but when it comes to a child being the culprit or provocateur, there seem to be many more shades of gray. I feel the need to understand why the bully is behaving in such a way, hoping we can figure a way to help them and stop them from hurting others. Unfortunately both psychology and optimism are rather ineffective when your kid is in the thick of it.
I am a pacifist, and as much as I comprehend the importance of self-defense, I have a hard time teaching my kids to fight back at their tender ages. But I will because I must. My best approach thus far is to teach them about asserting themselves, an area where the elder falls short. It takes a pep talk for her to order her own ice cream; what happens when she may be faced with a bully taunting her or chiding her into making a bad choice?
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This a conversation worth having! What are your own fears or experiences when it comes to bullying? How do you feel we can best prepare our youth for these types of encounters?image source: Agência Fiocruz de Notícias
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