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Monday, April 21, 2014
Get in front of bullying
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Maureen T. Florio

Victims always have the choice to find something good about the person bullying them when the bullying is not happening. I call it the silent compliments that we think about when we see the best in other people. It takes time before a child is confident enough to verbalize a compliment to a bullying child.

If we don’t try to bridge the gap between our children, what is the alternative? This school year gives us the opportunity to let go of grudges and look at each other differently. How would the day look then? Would children still be preoccupied about the problems up ahead at recess? Maybe not. This open hand approach of acceptance is much better than the alternative of a closed fist called tolerance. When we teach our children to accept people as they are, rather than put up with them through tolerance, life becomes much happier for all our children, and they soar to success during the new school year.

No child should be sad at school.

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