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The Bully Vaccine: How to Innoculate Yourself Against Obnoxious People Paperback – April 20, 2012
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
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About the Author
Jen teaches parents practical ways they can protect their kids from bullying. Using techniques she learned from her mother as well as from her experience as a dolphin trainer in Hawaii. These skills are so easy to learn even a kindergartner can understand them.
As a mother herself, Jen taught these skills to her son when he was a kindergartener and he was easily able to put them into practice the very next day. And, yes, they worked, he even endorsed her book, The Bully Vaccine.
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In regard to the author's own experience with a stalker, I don't think ignoring a stalker would be a good solution all the time. It really depends on the nature of the stalker. I can see how one may either slink away disappointed, or become enraged at the lack of attention.
That being said, she does a good job of enhancing her credibility by sharing her own experiences of bullying. Overall, not a bad read.
I had the benefit of having seen a few interviews with the author going into reading this, and I suggest scouring YouTube for some of this additional complimentary material.
It helps reader to think of ways to work against bullying though mostly it helps bullied kids to think they are not guilty of anything.
I tested the book on my fourteen-year-old son and he loved the advice. He's old enough to follow everything the author suggests. Elementary age children will need some adult coaching to pull it off, but there's no question that the strategies work.
I appreciated that the author didn't suggest her solutions would be quick and easy. She paints a clear picture of how different situations would likely play out. I think setting this expectation for the reader was also very empowering.
Mean, jealous, troubled people will cross your path in life. They represent the worst kind of bacteria. This book is a great vaccine.
This book goes right to the heart of why bullies do what they do and breaks down the game they are playing in detail, to teach us to not fall into their traps, to be confident with ourselves and not be as bothered by the pathetic behavior of the insecure bullies.
I recommend this for anyone, not just school children, because there are bullies everywhere, and we can all use some help learning to be less fearful of those who would make us feel small.