When kids and parents improperly classify rudeness and mean behavior as bullying, we all run the risk of becoming so sick and tired of hearing the word that this critical safety issue among young people loses its urgency as quickly as it rose to prominence.
When the simplicity of forming a friendship just by climbing the same jungle gym is replaced by the intricacy of scaling middle-school social ladders, how can you teach your daughter the skills she needs to stay strong in the face of friendship drama and bullying?
It is important to distinguish between rude, mean, and bullying so that teachers, school administrators, police, youth workers, parents, and kids all know what to pay attention to and when to intervene.
Adults often struggle with the question of, "Should I intervene in a child's friendship problems?" We waver between wanting to protect young people from the pain of broken friendships and believing that bullying is an inevitable rite of passage. The bottom line is this; no child should have to find her way through painful conflict all alone.
True helping does not necessitate rushing in to solve all of a young person’s troubles single-handedly, but rather implies a process in which an adult guides a young person to solve problems independently and with dignity. What follows are five steps to guide parents and professionals in responding well when a young person reports an incident of bullying.
Passive Aggressive Diaries focuses on the ways in which readers encounter (and exude!) passive aggressive behavior in daily life. Here, you'll also find strategies for understanding and ending bullying, and well as ideas for managing conflict and crisis among young people. Please visit www.signewhitson.com for more information.