Wednesday, October 30th 2013
October is bullying prevention month. I admit I have a close tie to one author in this area, and am a fan of a blogger on this. Both stem from my childhood.
When we pick our friends when young, we can’t necessarily articulate why. I see this often as a professional when I interview kids to find the right camp/program fit. They can’t put their finger on why they like some of their friends, but as they mature they will. That’s the case with my good friend and author of the new book, The Need to Say No: The Importance of Setting Boundaries in Love, Life & Your World, Jill Brooke. When I went to Jill’s book signing recently, it all came rushing back to me why we were so close and have been able to stay in touch as we do now. Her principles and advice she shares on learning the art to say no and dealing with bullying as an adult, certainly apply to kids and teens. If parents take the time to teach their kids when young what is right and wrong, as well as to be strong and compassionate, and send them to a summer camp or program that adheres to strict anti-bullying (i.e. zero tolerance), the chances are greater they will be armed with the tools to not be bullied (or not to bully) when in the adult world.
And most women of my generation were glued to the TV show “That Girl.” I have always loved Marlo Thomas, so there. And when you see a role model writing and speaking on topics that speak to your own profession working with children, you can’t help but think you were right to admire them when young. Her blog on Huff Post about Summer Bullying Prevention Tips is a great resource for parents to share with their kids.
When Marlo shares that our national conversation on bullying is a critical one, she is right. And that’s why I am so grateful to be part of an industry that won’t stand for it.