Carrots are good for you, especially when you’re talking about the wisdom-infused thoughts from Carrots Are Orange. Please welcome Marnie Craycroft, who has kindly given us permission to share this post.
One amazing take away from Montessori training was the child development learning. A prerequisite is a fundamental child development class, which is huge and powerful in itself, but we also had sessions on learning differences and had child development woven all throughout the training a la Dr. Montessori’s ‘sensitive periods’.
A recent child development article in Huffington Post poses an interesting question: What If Everybody Understood Child Development?
Bullying is a hot topic. Even Stephen Colbert has been involved in the spotlight on bullying, the awareness, and its prevention.
So what can we parents and educators do?
- Being able to see the signs of bullying is huge on both sides of the act.
- Being able to empathize with both sides of the act. Ask yourself: “what is the bully’s reason?”
- We can work hard at raising kind and compassionate human beings by educating ourselves.
- Do the research required to understand this critical issue.
Myths of Bullying
- Bullying doesn’t just happen between boys.
- Bullying isn’t just about throwing punches or stealing lunch money.
- Bullying isn’t always the cool v. the uncool. Bullying can happen amongst friends across all types of groups.
- Check out this article on Common Myths of Bullying
The abuse goes much deeper than those rather superficial acts of aggression. I would argue that verbal aggression, often the form of bullying that manifests itself in girls, may be the most toxic type of bullying (not that any of it isn’t poison). Words cut deep. Once internalized it is tough to move on, to get past the words. They seem ingrained in you as though you can never forget. I suppose you don’t ever really forget. Just remember that much. This situation impacts a child FOR LIFE.
So now what?
Get some inspiration from this unbelievable, powerful Ted Talk by Shane Koyczan: for the bullied and the beautiful, and click through to the links above for more information on the topic of bullying.
Thank you! Marnie
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