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Bullies. What do we tell our kids?

Posted on 12/7/2019 by Greg Yoder

Bullying has been a problem since the beginning of time, I think. We may want to have a talk with our kids about the subject. According to, 160,000 kids a day stay home from school because of bullying. A lot of Christian parents tell their kids to ignore it—“turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39).” Well, Jesus didn’t ignore it. “When Jesus was slapped…by the guard of the High Priest, He did not turn” the other cheek. He confronted him, asking the guard if He had said something wrong—but, if He spoke truth, He wanted to know why He was slapped. He “defended himself with words.” Our kids can and should do the same, not physically or with insults, but with words confronting the injustice. More tomorrow.

This Parent Minute is based on “A Faith-Based Response to Adolescent Bullying” by Paul Coughlin,

Suggested Reading: Matthew 5:39 John 18:19-23

Keys for Kids Parent Minute is a one-minute daily feature, hosted by Greg Yoder, the president of Keys for Kids Ministries. Amidst a vast sea of parenting experts, Greg is a real parent who’s had successes and failures raising kids. Greg shares the good and the bad about raising his own four kids–all of them now adults. He’s a real parent and grandparent, talking to real parents and grandparents about real issues facing kids and their families today.

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