Awww... Memory Lane. Those were the days. But, sadly those days remain in the past and there is a new phrase that NEEDS to be heard: No Bullies Allowed!
What is this post going to do for him? Maybe nothing. Maybe a lot. But, maybe it is just me needing to vent. My heart is broken and the stress is rising, and since I am making this blog about all things, I think this is something that needs to be here.
So many kids don't tell an adult about what is going on because they are afraid. "You told your mom, now you're gonna pay!" the bully says as soon as he gets detention. To a ten year old, those words can scare you away from telling anyone anything. They don't know what "you're gonna pay" means, but they know it's bad. And, let's face it, whatever they are already going through is hard enough, you're gonna pay just means it's about to get harder.
While I can't teach that other kid manners, or any other bully, although I want to.... badly.... I can talk to my kids. My son knows he can come to me and we WILL work together to help him. And, while it might seem scary, or you might think it's not needed; if you even suspect your child is being bullied, talk to them. If you know your child is being bullied let them know you love them, let them know they are worthy, let them know they are smart, let them know that all the cruel words the bully uses to make them feel defeated are just that: words. And, that those words are not true. Most of all, talk to them and let them know that taking their lives is not an answer and make sure they know they can come to you without judgement at any time, day or night, and if they are feeling that upset, to let you know so you can help them. We talk to our kids about drugs, about guns, about how not to talk to strangers... I think it's time to talk to our kids about bullies, too. Also, as a mom of a kid who is being bullied, I beg of you, if you are a parent of a bully... let them know how their actions and words are hurting other kids. Not just making them cry, but really hurting them. Please, help stop it.
I guess what I am trying to convey, is talk to your kids. Always. Never stop talking to them.
I am not a medical or psychological professional, only a mom who understands the need to make her child feel loved.
And, anything said here is only an opinion. <--- have to tell you this to cover my butt.