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Among other important recognitions in October, this month is also Bully Awareness Month, so it certainly shouldn’t go unnoticed.

With immediacy, we should certainly help the child who has been bullied, but today I want to focus on the child bully because no child can receive bullying if no one is administering the action(s) that comes packed with so much pain.

Just in case you didn’t know what bullying is, or what it entails, please take a look at the words carefully crafted within the image below.

Add a beautifully embroidered patch (Abuse and Blue Ribbon Awareness) ribbon to your collection for combating bullying.
Okay, just imagine how you would feel if someone treated you this way. Now, please take time to imagine how the bully-ee (the child who receives this pain) feels.

All children should feel comfortable attending school environments without compromise. Each of us hope for this.

On page 20 and 21 of my parent guide titled: A Bully Blueprint Solutions for Kids, I’ve outlined ways to pinpoint and help stop the bully from his/her menaces. We must stop to realize that a bully may be in lots of pain due to variables we aren’t aware of.

As leaders, teachers, parents (adults), we must begin to unlock the reasons, but we must dig deeper (get right to the core).

This inquisition brings me to my next important point.

Do you really know the ‘why’ behind the bullies’ actions?

  • Is the child negatively acting out his/her own pain?
  • Has the child been harassed, or bullied at home, or by someone else, therefore, he/she wants to pass this pain along?
  • Is the child not really in pain, but just being mean and enjoys seeing others in pain?
  • Is the child self-centered, or selfish?

Form committees to analyze antecedents determining what is actually prompting (or causing) these unwanted behaviors.

It’s time to explore as we determine the very root of the problem behavior(s).
Yes, we must begin to identify (target) problem areas for the bully, and then ask ourselves:

  • What is the problem behavior?
  • Have I pinpointed the behaviors so that I may work toward dismantling them one-by-one, step-by-step?
  • Where does the behavior occur?
    • home
    • hallway
    • lunchroom
    • classroom
    • between classes
    • playground

When does the behavior occur?

How will you gather your findings?

Finally, how will you utilize the data once gathered (documented) about the child?

I’ve actually gone into much more detail within the parent guide, so feel free to read it, and/or gift it to a loved one in need.

If you’re interested, please see the amazon link below:

A Bully Blueprint Solutions for Kids

Whatever you do, please make sure that your child has a bully-free month, and from now on.

While I’m at it – I’m including a few Bully Awareness materials that you can refer to your child’s school administrator. These items make really cool gifts for back to school, staff development teacher  give-a-ways, and more – stop bullying buttons, bully wrist bands, really cool stop bullying t-shirt, Stop bullying/stainless steel water bottle

Dr. Cherrye

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