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An Important Conversation To Have With Your Child

Posted: December 26, 2017

By Master Christopher Rappold I hope the school year is off to a great start for you and your children.  No matter how good it is going, it is likely there will come a point when you are going to need to coach your child through a tough decision.  As many parents know, children and teens often times use the word “tattling” or “snitching to describe anyone telling an authority figure about any type of situation that occurred. Many times, instead of going to an adult, they simply keep what has happened a secret because they fear being made fun of or looked down on. The challenge is, without an interruption in the pattern of the bullying and the intervention from someone in a position of power, more than likely, it will continue.   To encourage children and teens to report bullying behavior when it happens, it is important to help them see clearly the difference between the two words.

So What is Your Definition of Bullying?

Posted: December 26, 2017

By Master Christopher Rappold An important realization for parents to make is that physical bullying accounts for less than 3 percent of the bullying that occurs in schools.  The other 97 percent is psychological.   It’s vital that parents take the time to clearly define bullying to their children as being anything that is DONE REPETITIVELY and WITH INTENTION that makes children feel scared, pressured or down on themselves.  What at times may seem innocent or “typical kid” behaviors that we as parents grew up with are actually the small seeds of where bullying and harassment occurs.  

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