and from the moment those little gems come into your life you have the opportunity and the responsibility to influence and shape their lives.
The environment you create, your mood, the tone in your voice, your touch and the noise and silence that surround them, immediately affect their personality.
Parents work hard to anticipate and meet their children’s needs and want to get it exactly right. Raising kids is the hardest job in the world and perhaps today, it’s harder than ever.
A Whole Lot Of Talking Going On
With all the media and movies on bullying circulating, the daily nightmare for many children hasn’t lessened. What can parents do?
Kids learn how to feel about their image and abilities through what you say and do. Influence your children’s actions through positive behavior:
Be Kind To Yourself
When you criticize and come down heavy on yourself about the way you look, you send the message that self-esteem is about your hair, your clothes, or your weight.
Uber Texting, Emailing, Yakking
Spending more time with electronics than your kids? Be present. Children need your time and attention to build rapport and trust. Building a rapport with your child takes time and your attention. You need to know what’s going on in their lives.
What you do sends a stronger message than what you say. Set family rules about electronics and ensure everyone sticks to them.
Arguing, Bickering, Gossiping
If you and your partner, relatives, or friends need to argue, take it out of harm’s way. Children are stressed when they hear their parents quarrelling.
The Final Word
There’s no shortage of unhealthy role models. The apples really don’t fall too far from the trees. Parents can raise the bar. It’s our responsibility.
Alexandra Penn founded Champions Against Bullying in 2003, in response to the increase in severity and frequency in School Bullying/Youth Violence. She and her colleague, Leigh Rachel Faith, Director of Operations, provide workshops and information session for kids, parents and educators on how to put the brakes on bullying. They develop tools and resources and are the proud recipients of the Disney Parent-to-Parent award for “The No-Nonsense Guide To Kids’ Bullying Solutions.”
They maintain: “The origin of every child who bullies, speaks volumes.”
They are currently in development of a new program for the preschool crowd called, Social Starts©” an interactive, fun-filled program loaded with activities and thought-provoking discussions. Social Starts© inspires friendship – kindness, confidence and respect and lays the groundwork to strengthen every child’s education. Studies continue to report that teaching children social skills in pre-school paves the way to reducing aggression and building successful learners.
To learn more about who we are, what we do and how we can help, visit: www.championsagainstbullying.com