Call me insensitive. Call me clueless. But why has bullying suddenly become a national crisis worthy of nonstop attention? Did kids just now start being mean to each other? A new documentary called Bullying raises the collective frenzy even more about the centuries-old practice. It follows Alex, a 12-year-old boy from a small Georgia town, […]
Well-meaning parents often go on needless crusades. We’re seeing that now with all the handwringing over bullying in school. It’s become the cause of the day among some parent and educator groups.
Fortunately, my son has never complained of being bullied. In fact, I’ve never heard him mention any bullying at his school (but he did get in a fight on the playground, apparently coming out victorious). We’re fortunate. But for some kids and their parents, bullying is a painful reality. How should parents react?
Kids surprise us. Sometimes they make us parents proud. Sometimes they disappoint us. Sometimes they do things that leave us ambivalent. My son, Connor, got into a fight on the school playground two years ago when he was 9. He’d never been in a fight, and it had never occurred to me that he would.