A few years ago, I got a job working for Girl Scouts. I began as a Troop Leader, but within a few months I was running an anti-bullying program for middle school children. Though running the program was a really great experience for me, one not so great thing was learning that many children never discuss the topic of bullying. Even those who see it happening never talk about it either. That’s why having a list of children’s books that teach your child to stand up for others is more important than you think.
As I ran that program for six weeks, it was heartbreaking to learn just how many children have been or are being bullied. Whether it be their peers or teachers at school, or family members are home, some children never speak up. And what's worse, those who hadn't been bullied admitted to staying quiet when they noticed others being picked on.
With a brand new school year beginning, having the conversation with your elementary aged child about the levels to bullying is extremely important. If opening up the dialogue between you and your children is a little difficult, these nine books will help get them comfortable with the topic.