No More High Waters Please: Five Tips to Help Parents Deal with Bullying

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Chris Spradlin writes candidly about bullying and provides tips for parents to handle it.

I recently saw the documentary, “Bully.”

If I’m honest, I was a bit anxious to drag my 13, 12 and 10 year old to see the flick… and I was right to be anxious about it.

The movie was raw, emotional, offensive and ungodly… and that’s exactly why you should see it!  The creators of the documentary did a great job of showing the hurt and pain as well as the dark and disgusting side of bullying.

So… since we have seen the movie, Team Sprad is “officially” in “kick butt and take names mode!!”

If you know any bullies, you should send their name, Facebook page and address to... just kidding!

Parents, please don’t gloss over the bullying issue!!  It’s a huge threat to our kids!

So, here are a few tips to help all parents deal with the bullying problem! 

  • NO MORE HIGH WATERS!!  Seriously… as I was watching “Bully,” one of the kids that was being “bullied” was sent to school every single day wearing high waters.  Come on mom and dad!!  This is basic, common sense kind of stuff.  If your kids jeans look more like daisy dukes, it’s time for a new pair of Toughskins!!?!
  • GET THE WHOLE STORY!!  If you sense that your kiddos are being bullied, sit there with them until you get the whole story.  I was blown away at how little the kids being bullied told their parents.  DIG IN!  QUIZ THEM!  INTERROGATE THEM!  Find out what is really going on at school.  Their life may depend on it.
  • BE A TATTLE TALE!!  I love this one.  It’s really ok to be a tattle tale.  Call the school, principal, teachers, other parents… one way to stop bullying is for parents to stand up and assume the role of the local tattle tale.
  • BELIEVE!!  Your kids need you to believe them!  They don’t need to laugh off, minimize or shrug your shoulders at them, this can be life or death stuff!

 Not sure if your kids are being bullied?  Here are several signs that can be indicators of bullying…

  • Misses school on a regular basis
  • Difficult time sleeping
  • New and unexplained injuries
  • Ripped clothing
  • Emotional and moody (disclaimer… most junior high girls are emotional and moody, this is not necessarily a sign of bullying for females ages 11 to 16 years of age.)
  • Feeling sick or faking illness
  • Declining grades
  • Cutting
  • Nausea, diarrhea, cold sweats and bloating… you know, just like the commercials.

 Parents!!  Today is the day… let’s join forces and put an end to this bullying thing.

 Have your kids been the victim of bullying?  Have your kids been the bully?  Please share your story!

Written by: Chris Spradlin 

 

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