Tomorrow is too.
And today as well.
It's always a good time to raise awareness about bullying.
And I mean raise awareness in our families first.
I was reminded of how important it is to read and talk about bullying after watching this short anti-bullying video "To This Day" by bullied poet Shane Koyczan.
I watched it five times until I was able to really absorb its message.
One professor commented after watching the video:
I played "To This Day" to my psychology class. My students sat weeping - weeping with pain and with gratitude to you for telling the story of so many. I heard stories today - so many stories. Forget the lecture... these stories matter. These stories are paintings of ourselves. Than you for your remarkable work... for being remarkable, beautiful you. You make the world a better place.
Let's read aloud books to make kids aware about the scourge that bullying is.
Let's get involved.
These are the four anti-bullying books that I want in our home library so I can read them aloud with my kids.
One of them we already have, in fact.
But the remaining three I just ordered based on my research.
Do you recommend any other great anti-bullying books for our home library?
Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Augie, a homeschooled fifth-grader enters "real school" for the first time and has to face a new reality. Oh yes, I forgot to mention, he has a very visible facial deformity. But it still doesn't mean that he is not just an ordinary kid ... who seems extraordinary to everyone else.
I hope that my twins will learn from this book about how special everyone is and that beauty isn't only skin deep. But, most of all, I hope that they will learn to empathize.
My Secret Bully is a story about how a little girl Monica is bullied by her own friend Katie. This is not a story about physical bullying, instead it is a tale of emotional bullying - and how confusing it can be for children on the receiving side.
I want my kids to be able to identify situations when they are being emotionally bullied by "friends" who try to take advantage of them through name-calling and manipulation.
I like the fact that Monica's mom comes up with a strategy that her daughter can implement. Instead of an eye-for-eye solution, she tells her daughter to confront her friend with a deliberate strategy that is based on describing the situation and vocalizing it.
For example, Monica could say, "Does it make you feel good to say mean things to me in front of other people?"
This is one several original and exciting "If You Had To Choose, What Would You Do" books penned by Sandra McLeod Humphrey.
I can't wait to start reading them aloud with my kids!
They are practically compilations of numerous simulations of real-life situations with open endings that invite readers (parents and children) to discuss what would be the best alternative or response to a challenging situation. I already reviewed this fabulous book series.
This seems to be a very approachable book that discusses the bully issue from a different standpoint, thus expanding the field of discussion.
The more my kids learn about bullying, the more they will be able to protect themselves from bullies. But also - I want to prevent my kids from becoming bullies.
I love that this book gives tips and strategies on how to deal with bullies and how to deal with hurtful bullying behavior.
Power to the little people!