IMAGINE: A Life Without Bullying

Our 2014 press release:

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, but local authors Louise Hart Ed.D. and Kristen Caven see bullying as a power dynamic that requires attention every day of the year. They wrote their well-researched book, The Bullying Antidote: Superpower Your Kids for Life so that parents can have a better understanding of how to help their kids avoid being bullied—or becoming bullies. “Parents will look for this book when their children go to middle school,” said Caven in an interview with Luan Stauss of Laurel Books, “but parents of preschoolers will get the most out of it.”

Since its publication in 2013, The Bullying Antidote has been eagerly received by teachers, whose jobs are most impacted by bullying. School staffers can tell which students have been raised with the parenting practices outlined in this “wise and caring” book; students with high self-esteem and good social skills are unlikely to participate in bullying or other troubling activities. Unfortunately, parenting practices that contribute to violence at school, according to the world’s largest bullying research project, are are common and mainstream. The Bullying Antidote explains the remedy with a guilt-free, encouraging message. “I am so excited to have this book to recommend to parents,” said one OUSD principal.

Hart and Caven have a long history of helping parents find their best practices. When Caven, who is Hart’s daughter, graduated from college, she helped her mother, a community psychologist, write and publish The Winning Family, one of the first books to teach building self-esteem in families, and On the Wings of Self-Esteem, a guide for those in recovery from addiction. Later, they re-published Liking Myself and The Mouse, the Monster and Me, two books for children by Dr. Pat Palmer that teach self-esteem and assertiveness skills. Throughout the years, Dr. Hart spoke to audiences nationwide and abroad, helping many thousands of parents prepare their children for healthy relationships.

Kristen Caven, who has dedicated many years to volunteering for public schools, will be taking the lead as the two of them present I’m Rubber, We’re Glue: Teaching Kids Emotional Power and Self-Advocacy. The San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs is sponsoring this event on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, at Iron Horse Middle School, 12601 Alcosta Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583. They will share specific parenting tips to help children feel confident and more comfortable about taking responsibility for their social and academic wellness. Caven, a current PTA president and a former cartoonist who writes a popular blog for ADDitude Magazine, will especially enjoy sharing the secrets of Zorgos, the superpower that defeats bullying. Learn more on The Zorgos Reader, a top-100 anti-bullying blog.


THE BULLYING ANTIDOTE: Superpower Your Kids for Life

By Louise Hart, Ed.D. and Kristen Caven

Publication Date: July 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1-61649-417-9

ISBN-10: 1-61649-417-4

Original Trade Paperback

Price: $14.95

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Please call 510-625-0589 for a review copy.


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