It’s no secret how I feel about bullying. None at all, and if you don’t know, you can check out my posts here and here to familiarize yourself. There are not many campaigns that really, really touch me like ones on bullying. I try to do my due diligence to make sure that I speak out on it and about it any chance that I get, which is why I totally love the Raise A Giant with Green Giant campaign and the information provided by Green Giant through My Blog Spark. I would also like to thank them for making a donation in the name of Houseful Of Nicholes to the PACER Center for Bully Prevention!
Raising children can be one of the most spectacular experiences that a person can have. Learning that your child is being bullied OR a bully can quickly deflate the pride and joy that you may have. There are many things that you can do to make sure that your child doesn’t fall into either of these categories AND helps out others who may indeed. This is where information on how to raise a Giant with Green Giant comes in handy. It helps to give you ways to start those tough conversations.
Now, we all know that bullying can start from things at home, and usually bullies aren’t just little “jerks” with no home training. They are often bullied at home and then exhibit that behavior in public. Speaking positivity into your child each and every day can help them NOT become that bully and also NOT become so depressed by bullies. It’s hard – oh, my gosh, is it hard, but it’s pertinent to make sure that we can put great kids into society. Did you know that depression can be an indicator of a bullied child? Don’t take reserved personalities as a “great, my child has FINALLY calmed down” moment – especially if they were super outgoing and talkative. Chances are, something is happening at school, and they have retreated into a shell.
I would also like to point out that I personally don’t think that EVERYTHING is bullying, but it can start somewhere. Talking to our children is important. Seeing what goes on in the classrooms on a daily basis, and asking them how they think situations could have been avoided or handled better. These are great ways to not be so “parental” while still keeping an eye on your children.
I found that I was able to alleviate a lot of the bullying that the cellist was dealing with by listening first to him and then bringing the subject up in a non-confrontational way later. I’m blessed that he also has a pretty secre image, and that he doesn’t really depend on the approval of others for things. I’m sure it’s hard for him to be in a school where most of the boys play basketball or football, and he’s the artist type. Especially when his parents were an odd mesh of both. Kids feel like they have to do one thing or another to belong, and that’s not true.
Writing letters to our children may also be a great door opener. Here are some tips:
1. Visit RaiseAGiant.com to find inspiration from the letters parents have written
to their children.
2. Start your letter by letting your child know how special he or she is. Give
examples of the unique things you love most about your child.
3. Encourage your child to always be proud of who they are, no matter what
others may do or say.
4. Help your child recognize the signs of bullying.
5. Ask your child to not stay silent when they see someone being bullied. Show
them that the right thing to do is help the person being bullied or go tell an
adult. And, if they are comfortable with it, to speak up and say something.
6. Explain to your child how bullying is never ok, no matter what.
7. Share a story from when you were a kid of a time you experienced bullying and
how you handled it.
8. Offer some suggestions for how to deal with bullying and explain how just one
kid saying “that’s not ok” can influence other kids and help them become giants too.
9. Make sure your child knows that you will always protect and support them.
10. Let your child know that they are not alone and reassure them that you will
always work with them to overcome whatever problems they may experience.
11. Share your letter at RaiseAGiant.com to inspire other families to be a part of the bullying prevention solution.
It’s definitely our responsibilty to pour into them daily so that no matter how many folk try to puncture them, they stay full of confidence, and self esteem.
So…tell me, will you vow to Raise a Giant along with me? I’m pretty sure most of you are already. You can learn more by clicking the link below: