Yi! Our OPP is from an anonymous writer:
Yi guys, I am having a problem with my 8 year-old son. He was bullied at his school orientation by two neighborhood kids, who continue to bother him. I called the assistant principal on Tuesday and got nowhere. The school said they'd keep an eye on the situation. That's B.S.! My son, who used to love going to class, now despises it. I am a single mom. If you were me what would you do .. tell my son to fight back and stand up for himself .. or .. confront the parents of the bullies? I think part of the problem is that my son has grown up without a father figure. He may be lacking a bit of toughness.
Slacker asks Steve if he thinks bullying is worse now than it was when they were kids. Steve replied it is the same. Slacker said he was mistreated but was never bullied. But thinks people would consider it bullying today. He was in the academics and the band kids but he was never pushed around and picked on. He doesn’t care who you are, any two people are going to be more alpha than the other one. People use bully too lightly because it definitely exists. But it is a catch-all. People’s feelings get hurt all the time and then use the word bullying. If a kid kicks rocks at another kid it is considered bullying now.
Steve never got bullied, but he does think people get “picked on.” Every child is going to get teased as a kid because kids are mean. Steve was a part of the stoner crowd, athletics, and academics so he got along with everyone. He said she needs to nip this in the bud now because that can lead to bullying later on in life that would be worse.
What should she do?
She needs to teach her son to stick up for himself. My single mother taught me that and it helped me a lot! I was bullied by a group of girls until it had to get physical and they left me alone. People are always going to find weaker beings to pick on because they can, until the weaker one can become strong and fend for themselves.
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