I'm sitting here watching Chrissa An American Girl with my girls and I feel awful. For those of you that haven't seen it, it's about a new girl in school that gets bullied.
It's hard to watch because Kik is in Kindergarten and she has already had a bully. There is a girl in her class that tries to boss her around and tell her where she can sit and who she can play with. It hasn't gotten physical (with Kik anyway) but that little girl can be mean. And she's only in Kindergarten!
We've tried to teach Kik to stand up for herself and her friends without being mean, but it's a difficult concept to grasp. A large part of what we've tried to teach her is actually confidence - confidence in who she is, what she stands for, and even her appearance. I'm proud of her for coming to talk to me instead of letting things get worse with the girl at school.
My husband dealt with bullying when he was in 4th grade. He wasn't allowed to play certain games because he was "too fat." His mom had to work every day so he secretly stayed home almost 3 days a week. And it was a mean girl that did the bullying. Things didn't get better for him until he moved across the state and went to a new school.
I didn't have to deal with mean girls until high school but they shouted things at me as I walked down the hall. Things like, "I hate the way you walk you slut," and other such niceties. And oh the rumors. It didn't keep me from school, but I was very introverted and I left my hometown as soon as I could.
Even as an adult I've lived in neighborhoods where adults are cliquey and not very nice. And I honestly don't understand why. I genuinely like other people and try my hardest to see the good in everyone.
Now that I've told you our stories I want to know how many of you have been bullied and how you handled it.
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