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Talking to Your Children about Bullying + Giveaway

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Bullying is a major issue that children of this generation face. While bullying has always been happening in schools, it has moved beyond the playground to online. Teens and tweens are feeling that cyberbullying is a big threat. According to a survey done by ReportLinker, Seven out of ten kids said that they are concerned, with 37% being very concerned.

Having two teenagers in my household, bullying and cyberbullying is something that we continue to have an open discussion about. When a girl in my daughters class was involved in a sexting scandal last year, my daughter felt comfortable coming to me and talking about it. I was able to help guide her through what to do and not to do and give her tips on how she could help her friend who was going through a terrible experience.

While I was lucky to have my daughter come to me and share what her friend was experiencing with cyberbullying, unfortunately, many children are afraid to talk to their parents about bullying, and sadly, some children resort to taking their lives after experiencing it.

The best advice that I have for parents when it comes to talking to their children about bullying is to make it a topic of discussion in your household on a regular basis. Not just about how they can cope when being bullied, but also to point out things that other children could perceive as bullying from your own children. Kids are kids, and sometimes there are children who may not realize the impact that their actions have on other kids.

Along with talking with my children, I also give them tools and resources to help educate them on bullying. Currently, I am having all my kids read the new book Pottymouth and Stoopid by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein that tells the story of two boys who were bullied and shows how they coped with the experience. (Keep reading for the full synopsis and links to learn more at the bottom of this post.) The book has fun illustrations that help to keep kids engaged in the story so that they can read the important messaging being told in the book.

If you find it hard to talk to your children about bullying, I recommend helping them to find someone that they do feel comfortable opening up to about the social challenges that teens face today. Whether it be a grandparent, friend, or neighbor, the best way to help children cope with bullying is to have someone they can talk to about challenges they face in school.

If you have a teen or pre-teen in your household, I recommend getting the book Pottymouth and Stoopid for them to read (it is not just for boys – my daughter has enjoyed reading it too). It is a great way to get your children talking about bullying and for some children to make them feel like they are not alone.

“Drown out the Bullies” GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. One random winner will be selected on July 7th and announce on our Facebook post:

One winner receives a copy of Pottymouth and Stoopid, plus a pair of kids’ wireless noise reduction headphones to drown out the bullies.

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About Pottymouth and Stoopid

David and his best friend Michael were tagged with awful nicknames way back in preschool when everyone did silly things. Fast-forward to seventh grade: “Pottymouth” and “Stoopid” are still stuck with the names—and everyone in school, including the teachers and their principal, believe the labels are true. So how do they go about changing everyone’s minds? By turning their misery into megastardom on TV, of course! Follow their roller-coaster journey from the ultimate losers to the biggest winners, with more than 100 hilarious illustrations in this signature Patterson format. And this important story delivers more than just laughs—it shows that the worst bullying doesn’t have to be physical . . . and that things will get better.

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13 Comments

  1. My 3rd grader would love this book!

  2. My son could use this book!

  3. Would love this to start talking with my older son who is getting ready to go into middle school!

  4. I think this book is a fantastic idea. I don’t know why things are so different now than what they were in the past, but I think tools like this are definitely a step in the right direction.

  5. I love books that send a positive message! Perfect for little ones growing up to read books with a message!!

  6. I love books that teach kindness! Kids need more positive books that send a message!

    • Oops, my phone froze & I had to redo…

  7. I think that my nephew would love this he’s in first grade this fall.

  8. What a great book to teach kids coping skills.

  9. I think this book would help my son

  10. I’m a school counselor so this would be perfect for my job and reach a lot of children!

  11. Both of my kids would enjoy this book.

  12. I love that this book addresses the issue of bullying. As the mother of a young son, this is something I want us to both be prepared to deal with.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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