These are some books that I think every caregiver, educator, therapist, etc… should read to help stop bullying. These books will give you a whole new perspective on life and help you in finding forgiveness for your bullies, help you to empathize with them, and help you to understand why bullying happens.
I’m not perfect in a lot of ways, but I educate myself every day to be the best mom possible so that in the long-haul my children will thrive. I don’t depend on the school system to teach my children. I understand the importance of instilling values and the right attitude into our children. I’m thankful for the education system. They have the resources to help me parent in the things I’m not educated in myself, and for that I find gratitude. I want my children to grow up, be grateful, and appreciate everyone who paves the way for them. To me – I need to make sure they’re always in positive environments. All successful people have one thing in common: They’re always POSITIVE!!!
There will be children who are at a slight disadvantage due to disabilities. I will not name them because there are so many disabilities a child could have, and it’s not always noticeable. I believe it’s important to include every child in everything. It hurts me when a friend has a child who has a disability and they feel ashamed to bring them places. I often invite them to birthday parties with my children and the parents will say:
My response to that is: “Society is cruel. I want you to come. If any of my friend judges your child / children. They’re not my friends.” I’ve always made space for everyone period, and I wish others would do the same. To me a child should feel like a whole person and not a child with a disability. I believe that “Acceptance is Key.” Growing up with a brother who has a disability taught me a lot. I enjoy taking care of people with “Special needs.”
One time I was actually at McDonalds play land and I met a woman. She was staying in a shelter and her son was having a melt-down. I felt bad for her because everyone was looking at her and judging her as a mom. I asked her: “Do you need help?” She confided in me that her son had Autism. I took down her number and invited her on playdates with my children. I believe so many parents need support, but are afraid to ask for it. It is our duty to help them. She was truly thankful because she told me not a lot of people do that.