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Spring Cleaning Survival Kit Giveaway + One Simple Step to Bully-Proof Your Child

It’s tax day (meh) so I figured it would be a great time to buck up everyone’s spirits by providing five lucky winners with a Spring Cleaning Survival Kit.

Five fabulous readers will win copies of both my eBooks: Freezy Peasy – Freezer Cooking Made Easy and Project Organize Your ENTIRE Life: The Quick Start Guide as well as an amazingly detailed 2013 Daily Planner PDF Printable with Personalized Cover from my friend Jen at I Heart Organizing. (You guys remember this? We did a giveaway of the planner a few months ago and had over 1,000 entries so I contacted Jen and asked if we could bring it back!)

In exchange for the chance to finally instill some order in your life – I will be requiring something in return (don’t worry, it’ll be painless)…

From stranger danger to college admissions, we face a lot of fears as parents. But probably one of the most poignant is whether or not our children will ever encounter bullying.  As the mom of a 2 and 4 year old, the idea of anyone hurting my kids is intolerable.  It makes me want to bundle them up into the warm confines of our home and never let them out.

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But, of course, that’s not possible (or rational).  So what’s a parent to do?  What’s the #1 thing every parent can do to bully-proof their children (or – equally important – to ensure their child never bullies another child)?

BE PROACTIVE!

So what do you say, are you ready to become more proactive with me? Don’t forget - I’m willing to provide prizes!

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is sign the “Words Hurt: Put An End to Bullying” pledge below and then use the rafflecopter below that to let me know you did so.

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Signed the pledge and entered the rafflecopter?  Great, now it’s time to get even more proactive.

The media spotlight has shone brightly on bullying in the last couple of years and the best thing to come of that is that there’s now quite a bit of good information out there.  We know a lot about what prompts bullying, how bullies pick their victims, and how parents can arm their kids against bullies.

Start talking to your kids now about bullying so they know what it is and how to deal with it.  Below you’ll find a short list of things to go over with them.  For a lot more resources, you can also visit the site these tips came from: www.stopbullying.gov.

  1. Help Kids Understand Bullying

    Kids who know what bullying is can better identify it. They can talk about bullying if it happens to them or others.

  2. What to Do If You’re Bullied

    There are things you can do if you are being bullied:

    • Look at the kid bullying you and tell him or her to stop in a calm, clear voice. You can also try to laugh it off. This works best if joking is easy for you. It could catch the kid bullying you off guard.
    • If speaking up seems too hard or not safe, walk away and stay away. Don’t fight back. Find an adult to stop the bullying on the spot.
  3. Stand Up for Others

    When you see bullying, there are safe things you can do to make it stop.

    • Talk to a parent, teacher, or another adult you trust. Adults need to know when bad things happen so they can help.
    • Be kind to the kid being bullied. Show them that you care by trying to include them. Sit with them at lunch or on the bus, talk to them at school, or invite them to do something. Just hanging out with them will help them know they aren’t alone.

So that’s what I’ve got for you guys, what do you have for me?  What are you doing at home to help prevent bullying?

*Thanks to TakePart.com for sponsoring today’s discussion

 

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