This big-picture look at bullying by community psychologist Dr. Louise Hart and her co-author, Kristen Caven takes on the challenge of correcting the common and widespread parenting practices that contribute to today’s bullying epidemic.
Drawing from psychological, medical, sociological, educational, and neurological research, they build a theory of bullying that spans across communities and generations, one that will ring a bell for most parents. The book teaches hundreds of specific, positive practices to turn the next generation of children into richly developed, healthy adolescents and adults who possess what the authors lightly label “ZORGOS,” the superpower that defeats bullying. The overall intent is not just to stop a single bullying incident, but to develop immunity in today’s children to future bullying events. The Bullying Antidote shows how parents and community leaders, by becoming educated about the mechanics of power dynamics and prevention, can build bully-free, emotionally safe families, neighborhoods, and communities.
Read 50 things parents will learn in this book here.
The Bullying Antidote: Superpower Your Kids for Life is written by a mother-daughter team. Dr. Louise Hart brings the broad perspective of a community psychologist – and the depth of caring of a concerned grandmother. Developing healthier families has been her vision and mission since childhood. Kristen Caven brings the immediacy of a mother helping a teenager navigate the challenges of the modern world.
Hart is a thought leader in the field of positive parenting, and author of The Winning Family and On the Wings of Self-Esteem. With Kristen, she also republished two best-selling children’s books — Liking Myself and The Mouse, the Monster and Me: Assertiveness for Young People — written by Dr. Pat Palmer.
Louise has delivered over four hundred presentations at conferences and for parent groups nationwide. A highlight of her career was keynoting at the Second Annual Self-Esteem Conference in Russia. She worked for the U.S. Army Family Advocacy Program in locations as diverse as West Point, Pearl Harbor, and the National Security Agency, and as far away as Heidelberg, Tokyo, and Okinawa.
Kristen is the author of several books and a musical based on Cinderella, “the original bullied teenager.” She is president of the PTSA at her son’s large urban high school, which is getting some things right.