Our first book review from the blogosphere:
Back-to-School: Anti-Bullying Books for Parents and Kids
For some children, the return to school can be filled with dread, especially if they’re the victim of bullying. As we’ve seen in the news, bullying can be devastating to a child, and can even lead to suicide. Many schools now have anti-bullying programs to discourage bullying at school, but these messages need to be reinforced in the home, through good parenting. Two new books can help parents and children address and prevent bullying.
The Bullying Antidote: Superpower Your Kids for Life
By Dr. Louise Hart and Kristen Caven
We will never be able to make bullying go away entirely, but we can equip our kids with a “superpower” that enables them to restore their “health, happiness, and balance” in the face of bullying. The authors present both an “outside-in” approach, whereby the adults in kids’ lives are “enforcing rules and laws, and holding kids accountable in order to change behavior,” as well as an “inside-out” approach, whereby adults help “children develop attitudes, values, and skills that empower them to have respectful relationships based on rights and responsibility.” This is a comprehensive parenting strategy to help parents raise children who can resist bullying, as well as prevent them from becoming bullies themselves.