Just wondering what others opinions are with this topic. Bullying seems to be out of control these days. Why do you think so much of it goes on? I mean people are committing suicide because of it these days. It's so sad!
In my dh's days at school he was encouraged to fight back if he was picked on in which he did. Dh did boxing as a sport, his dad wanted him to be able to defend himself (just want to add that my dh is a very gentle person, just because he did boxing for years didn't turn him into a violent monster) If a child hit him dh would hit him back and this would show that dh wouldn't put up with it and he wouldn't be picked on again by that person but then it was dh that would be in trouble in this situation. When the principal would call in dh's parents it was always dh's dad that would attend the principal's office and have words with the principal and back his son up.
In my days at school I would never stand up to anyone, I always walked away when bullied and the bullying didn't stop. Eventually I left high school because of it.
So now how do we go about this with our ds who is in kindy this year. A few instances he has come home and told me that L**** kicked him or hit him, when asked what he did ds says he didn't do anything but tell the teacher who wasn't really concerned, I guess she didn't see it. So of course when ds repeated that to dh dh explained that he needs to learn to defend himself and if someone hits him hit him back. Ds soon came home and said that he had hit L**** back when he had been hit first so this child no longer hits ds knowing he will fight back. So perhaps it does work but I'm not sure about it happening these days but what else do you do??
Will be interested to hear some fathers views too.