Bullies... There's one in every crowd. So what should we be telling our children to do about it? Fight back? Avoid them?
Here is the scoop about bullies: A bully's greatest source of power is in their target's reaction. If you're a target, you hold all the power. You get to decide how they will treat you. All you have to do is teach them through your actions.
A meek or angry reaction to a bully is most pleasing to them and will empower them most. Overpowering a bully by out-doing their offense will only get you in trouble and lead to violence. And hiding from a bully is unrealistic to maintain, and solves nothing.
The most effective solution to bullying is to dissipate the power of a bully. This can be done by standing up to them in a specific way during a confrontation, getting teachers involved, and teaching children to find their value.
We may not be able to control what others do, but we can always control how we respond. A big part of the response is in body language. It is also not so much what we say, but how we say it. It is assertiveness, not tattling. It is empowerment, not retaliation.
Whether your child is being bullied or is the bully, Intu It teaches kids how to better relate to their peers. Through role-playing, reading body language, building genuine self-esteem, and creating empowering responses, kids will enjoy learning social skills that will last them a lifetime. :)