It’s on all the talk shows. Movie and TV stars are discussing it. What is this new “in” thing? Bullying. Only it’s not something to use just to get viewers or for attention. It’s real. And in our society, it’s killing kids.
We hear the news stories all the time about a teen who commits suicide, and the parents blame bullying. They wonder why the schools didn’t do anything. I wonder where the parents were.
In most cases, bullies pick on those with pour self-esteem. Why? Because they’re easy prey. Most victims are not outgoing. In some cases they feel invisible not only at school, but home as well. These kids are lonely and don’t feel like anyone is listening.
Psalm 127:3 says to Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Children are important, and we need to let them know this.
A teacher spends six hours a day with thirty students. She can’t be expected to keep up with them all and know the ins and outs of each student’s life. It’s the parents’ job to know when there is something bothering their child. Parents need to notice when something is wrong. Too often we blow off issues as teen angst.
We need to talk to our children. And build their self-esteem. Start when they are young. Don’t expect your child to know you love them. Tell them. Every day. Treat them as if they’re important, which might mean turning off the phone sometimes. Send notes in their lunch with inspirational quotes. Bible verses that tell of God’s love for them. Tack a note on their mirror each morning letting them know they are loved.
When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sand paper; They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless. – Chris Colfer, actor
Parents need to step up and show their children how important they are not only in the family setting, but to God as well. It’s hard for a bully to get through when God and parents have that child surrounded with love. And the best way to show a child you care is with action.
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