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How to Teach Your Child to be a Bully at School This Year

No one wants to get the call from the school principal saying that your child was bullying a classmate. No one.  And yet bullying harrassement in schools is rampant. 

Recently, we featured two blogs on kids bullying, written by  t(w)een expert Annie Fox:

My Child? A Bully?!! Part 1

My Child? A Bully?!! Part 2

When a link to the blog was posted on our Facebook page , not surprisingly, an interesting conversation ensued. Many community members said they thought that kids who bully, learn the behavior from their parents.  Of course this is not the only cause of bully's behavior but it is, as Annie says, one of the causes. Their words came right back to me when someone forwarded the video below.  To say this video is disturbing is an understatement. As parents, we expend a lot of energy making sure that our kids get the best education and opportunities. What this video does is underscore that education starts at home and most importantly, what we model at home is the foundation for all other learning.

 

 

Some good quotes that relate to this sentiment: 

"Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them." -- James Baldwin 

"Children need models rather than critics."  -- Joseph Joubert

Would love to hear your thoughts on this video...

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#2 MarcomMom 2010-09-29 23:23
I think it's powerful, but probably only for people who are sensitive to these issues already. I think most parents who are bad examples (and no one is exempt from it completely) won't see themselves in this.
#1 Dawn Massey 2010-08-12 02:20
So true. I wish more parents could see this video.... and realize what they are teaching their children.

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