Two years ago I published the first edition of Bully Maze Finding A Way Out. I had just retired after 35 years in education and completed my final position as an elementary school principal. I felt confident that I was in a good position to share my insights on bullying with interested parents, educators, child care providers, coaches and community leaders.
Since my first publication I have had the opportunity to do additional research and to speak with many individuals who have either experienced bullying or who have chosen to do more in depth research on the subject. And as my knowledge grew, I felt it important to make some enhancements to my first book. This book addresses bullying from three perspectives: The Bully, The Victim and The Bystander. While many of the strategies are consistent with the first book, I have added recent insights and recommended literature. I hope that you find this added information helpful.
As I read up on people who said that they had been bullied as kids I was amazed to see names like Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Lawrence and football player JJ Watt. Each of these people shared how bullying had been a part of their childhood and talked about how it had affected them. Even Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift discuss being picked on as kids. And as I read on, I was further surprised to see who volunteered that they had actually been a bully during their childhood. The insights of these famous people and others are shared throughout the book pages.
Successfully shepherding a child out of their role of bully, victim or bystander requires the coordinated efforts of parents, coaches, educators and other involved adults working together to foster a greater understanding of all sides of the bullying experience. The ultimate goal is to stop bullying while promoting healthy behaviors in our children. But, unless and until, people step in bullying will continue to adversely affect the lives of kids everywhere. The first step is learning how and when to step in.
I hope that you'll find just what you are looking for in the revised issue of my book. And stop by my website for other important parent help within my many blog pages.