A Bully Story
Saturday, August 31, 2013 • 11:28pm
Bullying can happen as early as preschool. It happens when one child takes another child's sippy cup, when a large child cuts the line in front of a smaller or reserved child during lunch, maybe at the amusement park or when a gang of people intimidate you to get their way. Have you ever had to stand on the bus because someone didn't want you to sit next to them? Was there a bag or someone's feet in the seat because they didn't want you to sit there?
Bullying is likely to happen to all of us at some point in our lives. For example, have you ever been in a relationship where the other person threatens to break up with you if you didn't do what they wanted? Have you ever worked for a boss that treated you poorly just because he didn't like you? Have you ever been pulled over by a policeman and it felt like it was just because there was something about you they didn't like?
What can we do about these things? Well, we can start by listening to other people's stories to learn we're not as different as we may think. Growing up with overly aggressive big brothers and spending over 20 years of working with and around children, I've learned a few things about Bullying. I've learned that there isn't one answer to everyone's problems, but if you pay attention to the mistakes of others, you may learn not to fall into the same pit falls as those before you. I've learned that repeating aggressive actions only leads to more aggressive behavior, which is why copying a Bully makes you a Bully.
A book called "A Bully Story" which has stories of individuals who experienced bullying and thier personal stories. The book is available online at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, Author House, and many other locations. My book signing will be held at The PNC Bank on 202 Park Ave. in Plainfield from 9 am to 12 noon on Oct. 5. I will be there to sign your copy.