"Sticks and stones will hurt my bones but names will never hurt me". This rhyme was shared to help us with bullies while we were growing up. Remember your parents telling you this when you were younger because some kids can be so darn mean. We have all been called names, made fun of or teased when we were younger, none of us felt good about those hurtful moments. I remember telling my mom, "so and so made fun of me" and my mom usually would say to ignore them and to remember, "sticks and stones may break your bones but names will never hurt you".
If you are a parent, you want to protect your children from things that will hurt them. When our children come home from school telling us someone called them a name or made fun of them we would like to take the pain away. As parents, we just encourage them to ignore the kid or maybe we say tell your teacher. We do not go to school and call a child a name or make fun of them, do we? My bullying boss tells this story...
The bullying boss is at his/her child's school, keep in mind these are kindergartners. So, the bullying boss is talking to the other children and one little boy/girl asks the bullying boss who's daddy/mommy are you? The bullying boss tells the little boy/girl and the little boy/girl responses with a comment towards the bullying bosses child. The comment made was one of a typical child of that age, "out of the mouths of babes". Most adults would say to the little boy/girl, your comment is not very nice and could hurt someone's feelings-or something to that nature, right? How do you think the bullying boss response?
The bullying boss leans down to the little kindergarten's ear, with a smile, whispers you are a very ugly little boy/girl. Can you just imagine this scene?
The bullying boss proudly tells everyone this story. The bullying boss is the protecting father/mother or just a plan bully? Bullies know no limits and will bully anyone. I am sure it is something the kindergartner will never forget.