Be a Buddy, Not a Bully

As we peel the husk off that last piece of sweet summer corn, we find ourselves preparing for the falling leaves and the start of a new school year.

Phew… where did summer go?

Back to school is an exciting time for parents and kids alike. I can still remember the smell of my patent leather shoes and the sound of my brand-new heavily starched dress as I walked slowly into kindergarten for the first time. I don’t recall being scared to leave my mother’s side, but, I do recall being bullied after she left.

I was a chubby kid with a huge personality making it easy on the other kids to poke fun at me and invite me to laugh along with them. I did laugh with them (in-school) but cried (at home) alone. I did not know this then, but, I was being bullied.

There are many levels of bullying, none of which are OK. It starts with us, the parents and caregivers, to teach our little ones to be a buddy and not a bully. To be kind to others and to let an adult know when they see someone else who is being bullied.

Awareness is the first step.There are many websites available that offer tips to both parents & kids on how to stop bullying.

This month on The Hello You! Show we feature a fan favorite for this time of year, Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster. It’s all about listening or not listening to your Whatif Monster. It teaches confidence and kindness with a surprising turn of events that will leave you smiling.

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