Sometimes something is a hot topic and seems to pass our family right by. I hear others talking about it and it isn’t something we need to worry about or work on at that time. Other times something is a hot topic and I KNOW it is something we need to talk about.
I know Bullying has been a hot topic for a long time now and for the most part up until this past week I haven’t felt like it was something we needed to worry about too much (of course I worried but it didn’t seem to be something that my children were dealing with).
Recently the church released an anti-bullying video titled *Bullying – STOP IT!* and when I saw it I knew without a doubt it was something I needed to pay more attention to, something I needed to talk to the kids about, something we as a family needed to make a commitment to try to help.
Last Sunday my friend Annette (Tips from a Typical Mom) shared her story about Bullying and her printable to help remind her family to always speak kindly to each other. Her post again got me thinking and I just knew we would be really focusing on that, this week especially. Yesterday morning I followed her lead and wrote on the kid’s chalkboard *Let us oft speak kind words to each other”. I loved that even though I didn’t say anything about it each of the kids asked me about it, maybe it was just “what does this word (oft) mean?” but it was also “why does it say this?” and “oh I know that song!” Then on Monday evening I was sitting in the car waiting for the girls to get out of dance I found a little paper that my daughter had gotten at church. I can’t find it now so I don’t know if it said where it came from but after they went to bed that night I changed the chalkboard to this:
Last Tuesday evening we had our Family Home Evening. My children range in age from 15.5 down to just turned 3. Every.single.person. that was school aged had something to share about bullying. What breaks my heart though is some of the things that I know happen that they don’t realize is in fact bullying. I showed the video that was shared by the church after asking the kids if they knew what bullying was. I am happy with how they responded to the video. It is such an easy way to start the conversation.
After our conversations I now know some things to keep an eye on, some things came up during our FHE that I wasn’t aware of before. Isn’t it funny how children can see things happening to others and be aware of it but not see that the same things are happening to them? I am glad for their self confidence, it’s a scary world these little darlings are growing up in.
If you haven’t yet watched the video PLEASE do and then share it as far as you can.
Edited to add: Interestingly enough this week something happened at the kid’s middle school and I am so thankful that we had already had this lesson in our home. I am not sure of all of the details and would prefer to not know all of the details but I am so thankful for the little promptings that caused me to have this FHE at the time that I did. I am more aware (than I want to be) of things that are going on at the kid’s schools and although I may not want to know the things that are going on I am glad for open lines of communication with my children and I hope they will stay that way. Why is this world getting so hard? I seriously can’t imagine growing up in the age of camera phones and social media, these children are so much stronger than we had to be!
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