Bullying… what exactly does it mean? The dictionary shows us an amazing range of definitions for ‘bully‘, from ‘sweetheart’ to ‘brute’, so let’s just say for our purposes here we’ll define it as: “intentional tormenting in physical, verbal or psychological ways.”
Though bullying hardly seems like a subtle thing, the signs can be hard to detect so many parents wonder, “How can I help my child?”, “What are the signs my child is being bullied?” and above all, “How can I protect my child to keep them from being bullied?”
These are wonderful questions because we know that being bullied can have deep consequences in a child, affecting how he develops relationships… and perhaps most importantly, his perception of himself.
So it will come as no surprise that I love reading books with and to children. I’m pretty picky when it comes to selecting books for children, even though I’m aware I’m a shamelessly promiscuous reader in general. Really… if there are WORDS in my vicinity, I simply can’t resist reading them!
Frankly… I encourage that kind of promiscuity. And I’ve come to realize that one of the best ways to do so is by being selective about the books I choose for children.