Bullying has been all over the new lately due to the numerous suicides and it has made me think about when I grew up and if you have children about them growing up safe and happy -without being bullied. It is so sad to hear about children taking their lives because of teasing and bullying!!! It is just senseless! I was bullied and teased relentlessly when I was in Junior High… there were a handful of boys that were just plain hateful. I literally (no exaggerating) was in the principal’s office everyday in the 6th grade due to these boys. They barked at me down the hallway, brought me dog bones, flea shampoo, a collar, and dog treats for valentines day one year. It was a really hard year for me… I tried not to let them know how much it hurt… which was why I was in the principal’s office everyday for fighting!! Eventually one of them apologized (thanks JK) and said that it was just because they all liked me!?!?!?! Some way of showing it!! I think almost all of them asked me out in high school or in college but I told them I wouldn’t date them because of how they treated me but that we could be friends. Even as a 30 year old I don’t get the mind set of – I like you so let me make you miserable!! I don’t think that people understand the effect that they have on other people.Anyways there are lots of other stories from junior high but I just realized as I sit here typing that it is not worth repeating… I just hope that I can raise my daughter (and future children) to be the kind of person/people that doesn’t put up with bullying and isn’t bullying others! That they will stand up for themselves or others!! My other hope is that my husband and I have an open honest relationship with our children that they feel comfortable talking to us about anything!! My heart goes out to those families that have lost loved ones due to bullying.
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Melissa Rheinlander is a Momma to a beautiful, spunky, fun loving little girl. Lover of family, friends, books, Mexican Martinis, sometimes Bloody Marys or Margaritas, & Wine. Melissa has worked in publishing for years, helping International Best-selling authors. She is the owner of MSRheinlander Consulting as well as Biblio Babes.
I agree it is completely horrible. I am sorry you were bullied when you were younger.
Kids can be extremely cruel. Very heartbreaking. Compassion is a trait I work on with my munchkins every day. I hope to send them off into this world as compassionate, caring people. This world certainly needs it!
Bullying is serious and I’m sorry you went through an ongoing issue in J.H. I do feel that too much is classified as “bullying” today and that this takes away from real, serious bullying. Most kids will be picked on or made fun of during their childhood. It’s inevitable and I’m not sure I want my kids to totally bypass that experience(I think it’s important to know what it really feels like to have someone be mean to you so that you have something to base your own actions on). But bullying is something that means being targeted for hate and violence (physical and emotional) and I don’t believe that every child who gets called a name now and then is being “bullied.” Nor is every kid who is mean to other children a “bully.” At least, not until someone classifies them as such…
Tracey, I completely agree with you!! I think that what I went through made me who I am…And I think that says something about my parents!! “Bullying” is completely different these days with all of the social media outlets! My situation wasn’t so horrible compared to others! Again my hope is that I can teach my children better!!
Melissa, I’m so sorry to hear of the bullying to which you were subjected. I also was bullied during junior high. No matter how old and happy and successful we become as adults, those scars are still there in us. And the idea that our children might be bullied (or be the bully) is horrifying. I do hope we all can make a shift in our thinking about this while it’s all so fresh in our minds. It’d be nice to make at least a slightly kinder future for our wee ones.
–Michael (aka: adaddyblog.com)
They sound like they were ruthless! The guys all had an affectionate nickname for me all through high school. One that I hated but they thought endearing. I would now classify it as bullying. My daughter is 10 and had her items either stolen or hidden…it happened for weeks. I got so frustrated…it just makes me mad how kids at this age can be so cruel! Thanks for the post!
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