There’s a lot going on in the month of October. It is finally beginning to feel like fall, school is in full swing, and everything is pumpkin spiced. The start of October also kicks off National Bullying Prevention month which we would like to shine more light on. Each week, we’ll cover a new area of Bullying Prevention and how you and your family can share in helping us #StopTheBullying. Check out the first posts here.

 

“It takes a village to raise a child.” How many times have we heard this or seen it on a poster?

As parents, sure, we can all use a hand sometimes. Whether it’s carpooling when you just can’t get out of work on time or calling the babysitter when you have a million errands to run, we can all use a helping hand. As it turns out though, that assistance from a neighbor could be helping your child develop into a more successful adult.

Search Institute research shows that children who spend time around adults who model positive and responsible behavior grow up to exhibit those behaviors themselves. The more you do to prevent bullying in your community, the more your child and the children in your community will do the same.

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Here are some ways to get your community more involved in taking a stand against bullying:

  1. Start a kindness week. A project called Dude, Be Nice works with schools and communities to spread positivity. Try an at-home version of their “Dude, Be Nice week”.
    • Monday—Leave words of kindness and encouragement in different places. Write them on a sticky note and stick it on a paper towel dispenser or on a stranger’s windshield.
    • Tuesday—Invite a family in your neighborhood over for dinner to get to know them better.
    • Wednesday—Identify someone who may be underappreciated in your community and encourage others to write thank you notes to them. It could be a crossing guard, a teacher, a school bus driver, anyone!
    • Thursday—Attend a school organization, club, or sport that is not usually heavily attended and show your support. Cheer loudly, make posters, and bring your friends!
    • Friday—Recognize someone who is consistently nice and kind to others and let them know how much you admire them!
  2. Invite a special speaker to your next PTA meeting. Barbara Coloroso recently spoke at a town hall meeting in Alamo Heights and has a great talk on “the bullies, the bullied and the not-so-innocent bystander”.
  3. Create an anti-bullying board for your next neighborhood night out. Each person traces and signs their handprint to represent their commitment against bullying. Check out this one from Forsyth Elementary!
  4. As always, if you see something, say something. One of the best ways to spread change in your community is to speak up when you see something or if your child tells you about something happening to them or to a peer at school. A movement begins with one person!

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