Think back to your own childhood. Were you ever the subject of mean rumors based on misunderstandings, teasing or random comments? Were you the one that other kids pointed at or even whispered about? It’s happened to most of us as kids and for some adults it unfortunately continues.
As parents, it’s our job to teach our children the power that resides within their vocabulary. By helping our kids to understand that their words have the clout to do good or to cause harm we are sharing an important life lesson and sometimes saving them from equally hurtful repercussions when their wounding words come home to rest.
Help your child to understand the difference between teasing and terrorizing. While teasing can be a playful behavior that is perceived as fun by both kids, bullying comments are an intentional step in a far different direction; moving from harmless to harmful.
For those of you who regularly read my blogs you know that I believe that any challenging conversation can best be started by reading a book together. And I have the perfect book for you to read with your child that expresses the lasting power of words. You may be surprised by the author, but don’t let that stop you from using this book to initiate a life changing conversation with your child. It’s truly a great story with lovely illustrations.
The Book: Mr. Peabody’s Apples
Author: Madonna Ritchie
Why This Story?
- It’s the story of what happens when a simple action is misunderstood, freely shared and ends up hurting a very special person
- Illustrates how misunderstandings turn into hurtful rumors which can never be completely recaptured
- Holds the individual responsible in a way that allows them to grow personally.
Read the book to yourself first, collect your thoughts and then share the story with your child. You may need to read it more than once to get the point across. I hope that you enjoy this book as much as I did. Check out my website, under Strategies That Work, to see more specific ways to use this book. www.project-parenting.com