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“Bully” Awareness Month and Giveaway Ends 10/23!

Posted by on October 8, 2012

October is National Bully Awareness Month, and my good friend Maribel at Stroller Adventures wants to help bring awareness to this cause.

It is so important because it happens, and I truly believe learning about Bullying starts at home.  Taking the time to sit down with your children, your relatives, whoever, to have that conversation about bullying can change perspectives.

And now, it’s my time to share my story with Bullying.  I never have forgotten these stories, but I have moved on.

When I first moved into my neighborhood there was another girl my age who instantly knocked on my door.  From that moment on we began playing together and became friends.  Years of this went on, but then one day, she decided she didn’t care for me anymore, and from that moment, things changed.

Not only did she decide she didn’t like me anymore, she convinced everyone else in the neighborhood to also pick on me.  Needless to say, there were two parts of the day I absolutely dreaded: the bus ride to school, and the bus ride home each day.  It became the time when those in the neighborhood would gang up on me.

My brother was already in high school at the time, so I honestly had to fend for myself on that bus ride every day.  And it was that feeling of dread.  Most days I’d just stare down at my feet as I rode home.  I came home, told my mom about it, and the instant response was “just ignore it.”  I realized this didn’t exactly work.  It only encouraged them more to keep pressing on, so that’s what they did.  It got to the point that when I received my class schedule for one quarter and realized she was in all of my classes, I was petrified.  But, class schedules did get moved around so I could focus and not be afraid anymore.

The bullying didn’t stop there.  Once a little girl acquires a crush on someone in school, it’s noticeable, and boy, did others notice.  And all of a sudden a game was started in my locker.  Suddenly, I had a secret admirer, suddenly, more things happened that made me rather embarrassed more than anything.  It was those little things, but in the end, it just didn’t leave a person feeling very good.

But things changed when one day I received a threatening note in my locker.  All I remember is that it made me cry, and it made me afraid.  I took that note to my mother, and later on that evening, the cops were at our door.  In that note, received in my locker, someone had threatened my life.  I didn’t take it seriously, but my  mom sure did.

And it’s in that instant, right there, I’ve learned how important it is to have a parent involved in a child’s life, but to be aware with what they’re going through in school, at home, in the neighborhood, but also in how important it is to have that conversation about bullying and being respectful to other classmates.  Although I’m not a parent, I know this information in my heart.

This is why, in coordination with National Bully Awareness Month and Insight Editions, we are giving away the book “Bully” by Sheri Safran.  This book brings families together as it walks you through the conversation of bullying with your child.  And one of my lucky readers has the chance to win this:

October 10th is Wear Orange Day to bring Awareness to Bullying.  I know I will be bringing out the orange this day to acknowledge how important this topic is.  Please join me in wearing orange.
Disclosure: Insight Editions is giving the book “Bully” away to one lucky reader. This is not a paid sponsored post.

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10 Responses to “Bully” Awareness Month and Giveaway Ends 10/23!

  1. Maribel Reyes

    Wow! What a story! You my friend had it very rough, I’m so sorry you went through that. That note was scary and I’m glad your mom helped out and called the cops. Sharing your story will help parents be more aware of their children and their school life.

    • Jamie

      It was definitely a rough childhood… but I got through it =) Don’t like bullying, never have, and never will.

  2. Gianna

    Oh, wow! I’m so glad that your mom was active in your life.
    Kids are so cruel. I got a hate note in 8th grade, but they did not threaten my life. Your poor mom must have been so worried. I probably would have pulled you from school immediately.

    Go Mom for loving on your daughter!
    I’m so sorry that happened.

    • Jamie

      Gianna: Thanks for your comments. I almost forgot about all of this actually, but because of the month, and Maribel sharing her story it helped remember these events so thought I would share.

      I was fortunate in having a very active parent, definitely!

  3. Alexis Grace

    I am sorry you had to deal with this bullying as a child, but happy that your mother recognized the line. It is no wonder you care about this cause!!

  4. Raquel

    So sorry to hear that this happened. Kids can already be mean and I think now with social media that it has gotten worse in some instances. Glad that there is a greater awareness now. Thanks for sharing your story!

  5. Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey

    I am so sorry what you had to go through and no child should ever know how bullying feels. My oldest used to be bullied for years in elementary school and it was one of the hardest things we had to go through.

  6. Lisa D.B. Taylor

    I detest bullies. I find it amazing how some child bullies grow into adult bullies! I’m so glad your mom was there for you. Personally I think the bumper sticker sums it up rather nicely “Mean People Suck”. Short and kinda crude, but true!

  7. Kelley F

    I would like to win this for my kids. We talk a lot about what they need to do if they are being bullied because my daughter has a lot of health problems and kids can be mean and we don’t want her to not know what to do.

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