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As your children head back to school, make sure they have these important skills to use and share.
This is a manuscript of am interview with a gentleman from Belfast, Ireland who helped start nobullying.com, We discussed bullying and how to protect against it.
I’m Pam McMurtry, I’m a parent of seven, author and artist. I’ve worked with children for many years, as a volunteer in the schools and church and as a child advocate. I’m concerned for the well-being of all children. I have two children who have the symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome and have experienced exclusion and bullying. As I’ve studied behavior, I wondered if teaching tolerance and respect might be a proactive approach to helping end bullying.
According to the U.S. Government website StopBullying.gov:“Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.
With current media coverage on bullying and cyber bullying is the situation improving?
I think bullying is a form of declaring war on an individual.
Children need the basics, such as taking turns, being polite and how to make friends. They need to learn to help others and to treat people the way they would like to be treated. Honesty, tolerance and respect are characteristics that will help them be successful all of their lives. Having a sense of humor and a few friends will go a long way in preventing a child from becoming a victim. Also developing talents will increase self-esteem and confidence; usually bullies aren’t picking on children like that.
Recognize the problem
Get the victim help if needed
Get the bully help
Work to ensure that the bullying behavior stops now. Don’t expect children to have the maturity and tools to handle the problem on their own.
Some warning signs include: a child refusing to go to school, having an upset stomach or other illness, or refusing to take the bus if that’s where the abuse occurs. Some children will display symptoms similar to drug use; withdrawl from activities or family; school performance and/or grades suffering. Aggression may be a warning sign. Some kids who are bullied turn into bullies.
Schools need policies; teachers, office staff, bus drivers and everyone need to be instructed in techniques to stop bullying. There can be inservice lessons before the year starts, with “experts” brought in. Parent volunteers, parent and teacher organizations, teachers unions all can help. D.A.R.E officers can teach respect. Bus drivers can be trained to stop fights, cameras and bus attendants can be brought in.
It’s important for children to know they can and should help others in need. These days they should do it in a united group and not try to tackle bullying problems alone.
Any current trends we should be aware of?
Sending mean messages or threats to a person’s email account or cell phone
We are Seven is a poem written by William Wordsworth in the late eighteenth century. In the poem, a young child adamantly defends the reality of her family of seven siblings, even though two have died. She senses that they are not far away.
We Are Seven
--A simple child,
That lightly draws its breath,
And feels its life in every limb,
What should it know of death?
I met a little cottage girl:
She was eight years old, she said;
Her hair was thick with many a curl
That clustered round her head.
She had a rustic, woodland air,
And she was wildly clad:
Her eyes were fair, and very fair;
--Her beauty made me glad.
"Sisters and brothers, little maid,
How many may you be?"
"How many? Seven in all," she said,
And wondering looked at me.
"And where are they? I pray you tell."
She answered, "Seven are we;
And two of us at Conway dwell,
And two are gone to sea.
"Two of us in the churchyard lie,
My sister and my brother;
And, in the churchyard cottage, I
Dwell near them with my mother."
"You say that two at Conway dwell,
and two are gone to sea,
Yet ye are seven! I pray you tell,
Sweet maid, how this may be."
Then did the little maid reply,
"Seven boys and girls are we;
Two of us in the churchyard lie,
Beneath the churchyard tree."
"You run about, my little maid,
Your limbs they are alive;
If two are in the churchyard laid,
Then ye are only five."
"Their graves are green, they may be seen,"
The little maid replied,
"Twelve steps or more from my mother's door,
And they are side by side.
"My stockings there I often knit,
My kerchief there I hem;
And there upon the ground I sit,
And sing a song to them.
"And often after sunset, sir,
When it is light and fair,
I take my little porringer,
And eat my supper there.
"The first that died was sister Jane;
In bed she moaning lay,
Till God released her of her pain;
And then she went away.
"So in the churchyard she was laid;
And, when the grass was dry,
Together round her grave we played,
My brother John and I.
"And when the ground was white with snow
And I could run and slide,
My brother John was forced to go,
And he lies by her side."
"How many are you, then," said I,
"If they two are in heaven?"
Quick was the little maid's reply,
"O master! we are seven."
"But they are dead; those two are dead!
Their spirits are in heaven!"
'Twas throwing words away; for still
The little maid would have her will,
And said, "Nay, we are seven!"
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Autumn fun will be here before you know it and once school starts you will be BUSY. If you are hosting a harvest or Halloween carnival or large party and are looking for projects to do with your children this summer, consider creating some of the games you’ll need. Ideas and instructions for harvest and Halloween party games are ready for you here:
For inspiration please check out my Pinterest boards: http://pinterest.com/pammcmurtry/halloween/
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