How to Talk to Kids about Conflict, Dignity and Bullying

How to Talk to Kids about Conflict, Dignity and Bullying with Rosalind Wiseman

Today we are discussing how to talk to kids about treating each other with dignity and respect. What are the cultural messages that our kids receive? Are their differences between how boys deal with their relationships and girls cope with their relationships? How do kids bond and what do betrayals look like? How do we talk to other parents when our child has been an instigator of aggressive or bullying behavior and their child is the target AND how do we talk to the other parents when our child has been on the receiving end of aggressive or bullying behavior from their child. These are complicated questions and relationships- so thank goodness we have the best expert there is to talk about these issues, my friend and colleague, Rosalind Wiseman.

You have likely heard of her and read her insightful books, seen her present or perhaps even seen the movie Mean Girls with Lindsay Lohan, based on her thoughtful work. Let me tell you a little bit about my friend, Rosalind Wiseman- Rosalind Wiseman has had only one job since graduating from college—to help communities shift the way we think about children and teens’ emotional and physical wellbeing. As a teacher, thought leader, author, and media spokesperson on bullying, ethical leadership, the use of social media, and media literacy, she is in constant dialogue and collaboration with educators, parents, children, and teens. Rosalind is the author of the flexible, dynamic curriculum Owning Up: Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and Injustice (of which I have a copy and I read from cover to cover when I received it a few years ago). She is also the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World—the groundbreaking, best-selling book that was the basis for the movie Mean Girlsand she also is the author of the book for parents and educators of boys: Masterminds and Wingmen. All of these you can check out on her website- http://www.culturesofdignity.com

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