Now that the kids are back in school, it’s a good time to discuss bullying at home with your kids. Did you know that the best way to deal with bullies is to have bystanders stand up for the victim? Some schools teach this as part of their curriculum, but this is a good lesson to reinforce at home as well.
Being kind and “choosing kind” is something that I think can be internalized such that it’s a plan and goals that each child defines individually, making it easy to make decisions when faced with a bullying incident.
I think the first place to start is defining kindness and the behavior that demonstrates it. I have three books of with three different takes on Choosing Kind. Let’s start with a picture book that demonstrates different ways kids can choose to be kind.
Teaching Kids to Choose Kind
What Does It Mean to Be Kind? by Rana DiOrio, illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch
The first example that DiOrio defines is something that seems very small, but actually has huge impact.
Being kind means … smiling at the new student in class. Read more…