|Try to look at your weakness |
and convert it into your strength.
- Knowing he's an equal to others.
- Doesn't accept negative comments without sticking up for himself.
- Doesn't yell, swear or lecture, but stays calm; and an excellent line of defense is to ask questions.
- Doesn't accept what the bully says or does.
- In real life, if everything else fails the target needs to seek help from an adult. But in stories, your character must figure it out for himself.
- Feel good about something in his life.
- Feel worthy and loved by others.
- Know how to ask for what he wants and become an advocate for others, too (so he's not just thinking of himself).
- Make eye contact when speaking to others.
- Respect other people, applaud their similarities and differences.
- Remain positive with others and supportive, never tearing anyone down.
- Have a built-in value system so that he is not easily swayed by someone trying to take advantage of him.
- Confront his fears, which helps him develop self-confidence and courage.
Source: Bullying: Prevention and Intervention--Protecting Children and Teens from Physical, Emotional, and Online Bullying, by Cindy Miller, LCSW and Cynthia Lowen, and personal experience.
|The drafts of my first book |
make a good elbow rest!
Linda Wilson, a former elementary teacher and ICL graduate, has published over 100 articles for adults and children, and six short stories for children. Recently, she completed Joyce Sweeney's online fiction courses, picture book course and mystery and suspense course. She has currently finished her first book, a mystery/ghost story for 7-11 year-olds, and is in the process of publishing it and moving on to new
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