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What is a Bully? Recognize the Signs of Bullying

Recognizing the warning signs of bullying is the first step to protect against bullies and ease your child’s trauma.  Bullying is a form of abuse and may come in different forms – physical, verbal, emotional and psychological.

Stopbullying.gov has defined forms of bullying and acts of the bully as:

Verbal Bullying:  Saying or writing mean things.  Examples include: teasing, name-calling and inappropriate sexual comments, taunting and threatening to cause harm.

Social Bullying or Relational Bullying: Hurting someone’s reputation or relationships.  Examples include: leaving someone out on purpose, telling other children not to be friends with someone, spreading rumors about someone and embarrassing someone in public,

Physical Bullying:  Hurting a person’s body or possessions.  Examples include: hitting/kicking/pinching, spitting, tripping/pushing, taking or breaking someone’s things and making mean or rude hand gestures

Since most victims of bullying already feel isolated and helpless, they tend to keep this to themselves.  This proves to be a difficulty for a parent even for teachers when helping a child deal with bullies.

Dr. Ted Zeff, author of The Strong, Sensitive Boy suggested the following telltale signs of child being bullied:

  • Is your child disconnecting from people and isolating him/herself in their room? Although teens usually separate from the family, they normally connect more often with their friends.
  • Has your child developed physical problems such as stomachaches and headaches that interfere with their life?
  • Has your child’s schoolwork recently suffered, and is it difficult for your child to concentrate?
  • Does your child have trouble falling, or staying asleep or experience frequent nightmares?
  • Does your child seem listless, unenthusiastic, and disinterested in life?
  • Have you noticed that your child seems hypervigilant, extremely nervous, depressed, or emotionally explosive (beyond the normal teenage angst and moodiness)?

The behaviour your child is displaying may be a result of bullying and if left disregarded may develop depression and severe anxiety in your children.  In severe cases this may even result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

If you think your child is being bullied you can help them protect against bullies.  Talk with them and find out what has been bothering them.  If bullying is the cause of these behavior changes, reassure them that they’re not at fault and that it’s the bully’s behaviour that is wrong.  Also let them know that there is nothing wrong with asking for help when they need help.

For more information and help about bullying, visit your local centers or go to www.stopbullying.gov

 

About Nest Entertainment: From its origin over twenty years ago, NestEntertainment.com has become a leader providing entertaining and educational resources for the expansive family market.  In addition to creating enriching stories and highest quality animated and musical productions, we have carved a niche as the nexus distributor between the wholesome Family Entertainment, Home Education and Christian markets through our proven Internet retail and wholesale distribution system.

My Kid’s the Target of the Bully: How Do I Deal?

Nest Community came across this lovely website called No Place 4 Hate.  The website is run by two beautiful sisters named Lizzie and Becky who wanted to make a difference in their own way and get the word out about bullying through real stories of kids being bullied and how they coped.

If you suspect your child to be a target for bullying but refuses to tell you anything, you can share this with your child and let them see they aren’t alone.

One story that caught our attention is a young girl who convinced her mother everyday to decide when to homeschool her because of bullying by old friends.  Through her time in homeschooling, she got over her hurt and realized her self-worth.  She eventually came back for middle school at a private institution only to find herself a target for bullies – once again.   Admitting her shyness and telling her mother that ignoring the bullies only made it worse, her mother advised her to speak up with others dealing with the same issue.

More stories about bullying and overcoming bullying can be found here.

It’s inspiring how these kids found an outlet to talk about how they feel about bullying and had the courage to post their stories.  One thing common in all their stories is a message to speak up! Tell your parents or an adult you trust about it and to never deal with your problems alone.

Even with all the articles available on bullying and expert advice on “Helping My Child Deal with Bullies”, there can never be one standard way to deal with bullying.  It is always best to evaluate the situation WITH your child and decide what steps to take TOGETHER.

Kids just want to belong.  Being part of a group, with loyal friends for support growing up, will positively help protect against bullies.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

 

About Nest Entertainment: From its origin over twenty years ago, NestEntertainment.com has become a leader providing entertaining and educational resources for the expansive family market.  In addition to creating enriching stories and highest quality animated and musical productions, we have carved a niche as the nexus distributor between the wholesome Family Entertainment, Home Education and Christian markets through our proven Internet retail and wholesale distribution system.

Choosing Homeschool Curriculum to Supplement Traditional School

There is an abundance of school material and curricula available when choosing homeschool curriculum. They vary greatly, so it can be overwhelming for a new homeschooling family.

A full breadth curriculum – Alpha Omega Curriculum and LifePak, for example – is designed to teach five core subjects and a few electives go along with it. A specific-subject curricula approach, on the other hand, focuses on mastery of subject and easily supplements any chosen curriculum – this is perfect for parents who want to reinforce lessons taught in traditional school.

Look into a one-stop resource like Nest Homeschool Curriculum.  Their supplements vary from a full-breadth curriculum to a specific-subject approach curriculum, and are perfect supplements for private/public school education.

Find out where your child is good at doing or need more focus. Sometimes it is easier to supplement your child’s education than forcing them to catch up on school work.  Supplements from Nest Homeschool Curriculum can be easily incorporated in the daily activities you enjoy with your child.

For instance, when they read books, you can encourage them to write about their daily activities with the instructional help of Shurley English.  The Shurley method is memorization of grammar rules and terms through jingles! Just get ready to join in their singing; it’ll sure get stuck in everyone’s head.  Even homeschooling mom and amazing blogger, Shez, was able to apply this to teaching her son Mathematics.

Another program you can use is Worldly Wise 3000.  You can apply the vocabulary program easily when you converse with your child. The program has word lists on new words learned, and also includes picture cards and introduces 150 new words to 400 new words per year to your child.  The beautiful part is their flexible lesson plans that allow you to complete them in less than half an hour.

While Math can be tough for most people, you can make it easy and fun.  Saxon Math can be assimilated in your daily activities as well.  You can count money and change, calculate how long until their favorite TV show or how long until meatlooaf night! The program is scripted for the parent and has a step by step approach making it easier to follow and develops logical thinking.  Try reading out the instructions for your child and apply the concepts creatively, you can make learning Math concepts fun and maybe even help you out of your Mathematic trauma!

Nest Learning Homeschool Curriculum all come with simple-to-understand lesson plans that will help you give instruction easier and provide you with immediate feedback, allowing you to easily track your child’s progress.download full movie Bad Moms

Who knows, with the help of these supplements, your child could easily be the next great poet or Zig Ziglar or create their own multinational corporation like Henry J. Heinz.

Clearly, choosing homeschool curriculum doesn’t have to be a chore!

 

About Nest Entertainment: From its origin over twenty years ago, NestEntertainment.com has become a leader providing entertaining and educational resources for the expansive family market.  In addition to creating enriching stories and highest quality animated and musical productions, we have carved a niche as the nexus distributor between the wholesome Family Entertainment, Home Education and Christian markets through our proven Internet retail and wholesale distribution system.

iPad Potty.

Saw this, and thought WOW!! I wish I had this when I was a kid!! I’d never leave the Potty!

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Jan 10, 2013 5:26pm

iPotty: iPad Hits Potty Training

abc ipotty jp 130110 wblog iPotty: iPad Hits Potty TrainingJoanna Stern/ABC News.

LAS VEGAS — Does it need any explaining? Yes, the iPotty is real and is on display here at CES 2013. CTA Digital, maker of iPad and Kindle accessories — or appcessories — is showing off a number of new iPad toys at the show, but the high-tech solution to potty training is surely turning heads.

The iPotty training system has a built-in case for an iPad and the company says it is the perfect way to keep your toddler on the bowl.

More CES Crazy: Move cat ears with your mind 

“When you are potty training you have to keep them busy. This keeps them engaged and gives them rewards for the right kind of behavior,” said Lois Eiler of CTA Digital. In fact, there are a number of potty training apps already in the app store, including “It’s Potty Time.” The idea is that you fire up the apps, put your child on the potty and…wait.

The iPotty costs $39.99 (iPad not included, obviously) and is compatible with the iPad 2 and the current model.

Oh, and don’t worry, it does come with iPad protection. It has a touch-screen protector to, yes, guard against messy hands and pee. Perhaps that’s the real innovation here and CTA should think about making one for adults.

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About Nest Entertainment: From its origin over twenty years ago, NestEntertainment.com has become a leader providing entertaining and educational resources for the expansive family market.  In addition to creating enriching stories and highest quality animated and musical productions, we have carved a niche as the nexus distributor between the wholesome Family Entertainment, Home Education and Christian markets through our proven Internet retail and wholesale distribution system.

Teaching your kids how to stand up to Bullies

I came across this great article and wanted to share it. I felt it was quite relevant. The link to her page is
http://www.parentmap.com/article/kids-standing-up-to-bullies

Tiny Tyrants: Teaching Kids How to Stand Up to Bullies
January 31, 2012
Written by Jennifer Armstrong

Filed under: Child health Behavior and discipline Ages 3-5

Teaching kids how to stand up to bulliesYour preschooler is playing with another child. Suddenly, the other kid snatches your child’s toy and pushes him to the ground.

How would your child react? Experts report that the way kids react to bullying matters — and may set the tone for future bullying episodes.

University of Illinois professor Karen Rudolph, Ph.D., reports that second- and third-grade children typically adopt one of three approaches when faced with bullies: Some value building quality relationships and getting along with others; some worry about gaining status; and others try to avoid negative judgment and embarrassment.

Rudolph says the children who want to build relationships with others are most likely to react to bullying in thoughtful and positive ways. These kids ask their teachers for help, seek emotional support, use problem-solving skills and look for ways to decrease the tension with the bully. These children also report having a better perception of themselves.

Bullying victims concerned with popularity are more likely to retaliate or react impulsively, which could escalate the problem, she says. On the other hand, kids worried about being judged tend to ignore the situation altogether, which can be effective, but might cause bullies to “up the ante.”

Developing social skills

Preschool is a good time to help children develop effective ways to cope with bullies, says Rudolph. “Think about helping kids develop relationships, learn how to get along with other kids and value the importance of good friends, rather than worrying about being popular or being judged.”

Teachers can do this, too. Kirkland preschool teacher Molly Marsh helps her students establish constructive social skills. When a child recently grabbed Legos from another, for example, “I had the victim hold out his hand and say, ‘Excuse me, that was mine,’” she says.

“I teach the more aggressive kids about personal space and talk about having a ‘space bubble,’” says Marsh. “With the victim, I teach them about strong communication and how to use strong words and a strong voice. If they’re not getting the space they need, I have them say, ‘Excuse me, I need space.’ It’s important to make sure children know it’s OK to stand up for themselves.”

According to Leah Koenig, a Bellevue certified parent coach and family therapist, bullying among preschoolers shows up in various forms: physical aggression; social isolation, such as not letting others play; and verbal aggression, such as name calling and teasing.

“Preschoolers are in the process of developing their sense of self,” Koenig says. “They haven’t developed empathy yet and are just starting to understand cause and effect. Think of them as little scientists. They’re trying to figure out how to get their needs met. Sometimes they find that by grabbing a toy and being aggressive, they get their needs met. They’re just trying different things on.”

Koenig encourages parents to help their preschoolers build confidence and develop a positive self-concept by empathizing with their problems and allowing them to do things on their own.

“Don’t do for a child what they can do for themselves — that’s the golden rule,” she says. And communicate with them in positive ways. “If they’re getting feedback that they’re not good enough, that they’re a ‘crybaby,’ for example, these words build their belief system of themselves and stay with them. If a child has a strong self-concept, then those words will bounce right off and not be absorbed into their belief system.”

Empowering young kids

Redmond mom “Kendra” (she asked that her real name not be used) has a daughter who was bullied at preschool. “We started noticing a change in her behavior before we knew she was being bullied,” she says. “When we looked into what was going on, we realized she was mimicking the bully. The child in her class was very rough and physical, and was scaring her with the aggression. Eventually, she stopped wanting to go to school.”

Kendra and her husband spoke to the school and worked out a plan to have the teachers help manage the bully’s behavior by shadowing the bully, especially in the morning when their daughter arrived and the aggression was at its worst. The parents also looked for ways to empower their daugh­ter. “We taught her how to stand up for herself by saying, ‘No thank you, I don’t like that,’” Kendra says.

Soon, their daughter became more comfortable at school. While the bully still likes to play rough, Kendra says their daughter learned to use strong words and to get help when she needs it.

Gail Joseph, an educational psychology professor at the University of Washington, recommends a similar approach. She tells kids that when they’re bullied, they should follow these steps: Use strong words, such as “Please stop”; ignore the behavior; and, if bullying continues, get someone’s help.

“In early childhood years, we are seeing providers report an increase in all kinds of challenging behavior with aggression being the most concerning,” says Joseph. “When it starts early and if kids don’t stand up for themselves and develop good skills, it becomes likely they will continue to be bullied.”

Jennifer Armstrong is a Kirkland-based freelance writer and mother of two.

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5 Tips for helping your child stand up to bullies

While Joseph cautions that victims should never be blamed for being bullied, she shares several strategies parents can use to help prepare their kids to stand up for themselves:

1. Play the “What would you do if . . . ?” game, bringing up different situations, asking what they would do and talking about it. For example, what would they do if someone took their toy?

2. Read children’s books that describe someone being bullied and talk about it. Guess how people are feeling, ask “What would you do?” and try role playing.

3. Teach kids to use strong, confident words, such as “Please stop.”

4. Practice ignoring. To teach kids to ignore, parents can have kids make a paper “teasing shield” and have kids practice holding it up to let teases bounce off. Then, talk about how they can imagine the shield if they don’t have a real shield with them.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

5. Help kids know when to try to handle a situation themselves and when to get help by talking about “mouse” problems (small ones) and “elephant” problems (more serious ones). When it’s a mouse problem, it’s OK to use strong words and try ignoring the other child before getting help, but big problems need a big person to get involved.

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Keep fall fun! 50 must-do family fall activities

Check out this great list for the familiy: 50 must-do family fall activities

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6 Tips for Inspiring Your Child to Write

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