3 Ways to Prevent Your Kid from Being a Bully
This post is sponsored by JIMMY Patterson Books.
One of the biggest, most rewarding challenges of raising kids is raising them to be kind, thoughtful people. Bullying is unfortunately so common these days that it makes that even more important.
Teaching my youngest son to be accepting and inclusive is something that’s taken time and practice and I’m excited to share some of the ways we approach anti-bullying in our family.
- Encouraging him to always put out good vibes.
I feel that one of the most powerful ways to prevent bullying is to encourage my son to be mindful of putting out good vibes at all times. Thinking in a positive and “good vibe” type of way helps him to keep his own thoughts and actions friendly as well as provide an example of kindness to his peers.
- Celebrating our unique differences.
I’ve found that a great way to subtly teach my kids the keys to anti-bullying is to celebrate each of our unique differences. A lot of bullying stems from what kids view as “weird” or “different”. Taking the time with my son to celebrate the unique differences of each member of our own family, has played a big role in preparing him to celebrate the differences he sees among his classmates and friends, instead of judging or poking fun at them.
- Having regular conversations about bullying.
Probably the most important way to teach Charlie about anti-bullying is to have direct and regular conversations on the topic. Pottymouth and Stoopid by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, is a great story about two friends, David & Michael, who were tagged with awful nicknames in preschool that seemed to stick well into middle school. Reading this story with him helps us to have the conversation about being mindful of the ways we label people, even if we think it’s in good fun, or that we consider them friends. Having a story like this to read with him brings an approach that educates him in many different ways.
Which is why I’m excited to give one of my readers a chance to share Pottymouth and Stoopid with your kids as well as a personalized name Lands’ End backpack to have a “day of friendship”.
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How do you talk with your kids about preventing bullying? Share your tips in the comments!