I don't know if I could ever raise a family of my own someday that is as loving, caring and encouraging as the family I have right now, but I at least want the freedom to try, and with the examples and support of my parents, my grandma and my sister I think it's a possibility.
Classroom teachers have everything to do with stopping bullying. There. I said it. The teachers who are making a difference in the movement to stop bullying are engaged role models of kindness and expert masters of diplomacy.
It's time we welcome everyone into our society as an equal, and push for equality regardless of sex, race, religion, sexual preference or anything else. Hopefully in May, we can all celebrate when the Boy Scouts make the announcement they are lifting the ban on gays.
When my son got in the car with me after practice, I gingerly brought up the subject of the incident and he retold the story from the point of view of someone who could not believe the kid was stupid enough to do what he did. There was no victim present in front of me.
Kids can be mean. Perhaps it's part of their exploration of boundaries and their power in social circles. As parents, we can teach our own kids the importance of kindness, respect and treating others as we want them to be treated. And, we can guide them to stand up to bullies.
I encourage new members to join me in the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus and continue to build further coalitions with our youth, communities, educators and elected officials as we address and diminish this issue.
By the early school years, most youngsters have experienced unspoken -- but not unsubtle -- acts of social aggression that shake the carefully laid foundations of their self-image and beliefs about friendship.
Hopping onto the anti-bullying bandwagon is also a good thing, but as you do, consider the role we adults play every day in the lives of our kids, and other people's kids. As there are many ways kids bully, there are even more ways we adults bully.
Lee's energy is so positive, energetic and even ebullient that it's hard to imagine his life being anything but charmed. So when he revealed that this play was inspired by his 6th grade diary entries, I was more than shocked.
Romney has proven himself to be the kind of childhood bully who would declare petulantly that if he didn't get to play first base, he would take the balls and bats home with him because "they're mine."
If bullying victims are better with their words than Obama was during the first debate, they can use their verbal skills to shut the bully down. I sincerely hope that your kids - and the President - can use these pieces of advice to beat the bully back next time!
Our culture is fascinated with the image of the mean girl. Reality TV shows like The Real Housewives of New York and The Jersey Shore feature real-life mean girls in action, publicly humiliating and spreading nasty rumors about each other.
Yes, bullying happens and yes, it can be bad, but the last thing we need is to create the impression that its common because if it's common it must be normal and if it's normal it must be okay. It's not normal and it's not okay.
They watch the way you snicker with your friends or make off-handed comments about the way that someone looks. They absorb everything. You are their first teacher. You are their role model. You are their everything. This is a huge responsibility.