And what are you saying to your own kids about bullying?
A friend alerted me to an interesting video on YouTube yesterday so I beat feet over there to check it out. Me and more than 30,000 other people. It was recorded by, Jonah, a 14-year-old boy who is obviously going through a lot. The pain is evident in his eyes as tears roll down his cheeks. I felt like a big baby myself as I was crying, perhaps in solidarity.
I’m not always the sharpest knife in the drawer and Lord knows I’ve made my fair share of mistakes. But I was so moved by this kid and the courage he showed in posting this video. Instantly I was transported back to my middle/high school experience and, while I wasn’t bullied the way he says he is, I did feel very much like an outsider.
I left a comment for him on his page, telling him, among other things, that we ALL felt that way in the 8th grade and that this was but a moment in time and it will get better. But it got me thinking about what we as parents need to tell our kids about middle and high school to make sure they understand what’s really going on. What do you tell your kids about growing up? About bullying? Are you arming them with the tools necessary to withstand the intense pressures of adolescence? Are you teaching them to be kind to others who might be different from them? And do you know how they are truly feeling?