Show and Tell for Parents
Search Site: 
Parents Teachers
By Susan Darst Williams
Parental Involvement
Ages & Stages
Coaching Your Child
Discipline & Safety
Health, Nutrition & Fitness
Homework Helpers
Curriculum & Instruction
Teachers & Teaching
Other School Staff
Special Learners
School Management
Finance & Taxation
Government & Politics
Private Schools
Choice & Charters
Learning on the Go
Community Involvement
Education Heroes
Bright Ideas for Change
Site Map

Parental Involvement Lite

Parents, Kids & Books

Great Books for Kids

Character Education

Writing Tips


Wacky Protests

School Humor
Home | Purpose | Ask A Question | Subscribe | Forward | Bio | Contact | Print

Heart Lessons        < Previous        Next >


What Bullies Need to Know


What bully really wants to be a bully? Nobody! The only reason kids become over-aggressive and hurtful is that they don't know any better. Most of all, they don't know how special they are to God, and how much attention and guidance they could have if they would only turn to Him.


When you're the one being tormented or annoyed by a bully, it might be very hard to reach out to him or her and try to start a positive relationship. But that's what a child should do.


Never do it in a group, in front of other kids. But if you're alone, say this:


"You know, it was Jesus Who gave us the Golden Rule - "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" (Matthew 7:12). I believe in Jesus. Do you? Do you think He would approve of what you're doing?"


It might be the turning point in that youngster's life, to get him or her to gain some empathy and realize that bullying is wrong.


Another Bible truth is that you never, ever hurt someone back, not even the worst bully in the whole school. "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you" (Matthew 5:44).


On the other hand, we're not supposed to just sit back and take abuse, or be somebody's doormat. Jesus NEVER told us to bottle up our feelings. Instead, we're to express them, to Him, to our loved ones, and even to the ones who are hurting us.


As for the child who is on the victim's end of bullying, there's consolation in the Bible, too. Jesus praised meek, kind people who were persecuted, saying they would be the big shots in heaven, in the Beatitudes, including "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." (Matthew 5:9).


By Susan Darst Williams Heart Lessons 005 2006


Heart Lessons        < Previous        Next >
^ return to top ^
Individuals: read and share these features freely!

Publications: please contact to arrange for reprint rights to these copyrighted news stories and features.


 Links to Learn More 

 Enrichment Ideas 

 Nebraska Schooling 
 Humor Blog 
 Glimpses of God 
Copyright © 2018
Website created by Web Solutions Omaha