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Bullying—a Christian response.

Posted on 8/28/2016 by Greg Yoder

160,000 kids a day stay home from school because of bullying. According to Catherine Wilson, here are the typical targets. These kids usually "[give] in easily to the aggressor’s demands," "[have] low self-esteem," "[are] unable to project an air of indifference to verbal abuse." They are "anxious...fearful" and emotional about the abuse, can't turn the conversation another direction, "have few friends," and couldn't fix it the first time they were attacked. If our son or daughter fits this mold, we need to give them some tools to help. Train them to be more assertive. Practice responses that project confidence and calm, not emotional outbursts. Give them verbal responses that can end the attack rather than perpetuate it. Bottom line, though, get the school involved. Most of them are willing to help.

Suggested Reading: Matthew 5:38-40

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