Bullying happens everywhere… even in elementary school. However, the name calling is not as drastic as you would hear from older teens and even adults. I was honestly shocked at the amount of drama that happens between girls in the 4th grade. My daughter, Hope (now in 7th) found herself smack dab in the middle of this drama and came home one day upset about a name they were calling her. In my mind, I was conjuring up some really nasty words, thinking I would be making a phone call to the school the next day.
Now, if you knew my daughter, it takes her 20 minutes to tell a 5 minute story. After the first ten minutes, I urged her to move it along and tell me this horrible name. She cried out, “Mom they are calling me Hope the Hippo!” I laughed… I know that sounds like a horrible reaction when your child is visibly upset, but I can explain. Hope is tiny; she is the skinniest and shortest of all her friends. So when she told me they were calling her a hippo, I giggled because she was no where near being hippo-like. I had to figure out a way to deal with it without causing a big uproar at school. So I went for the proactive approach.
Instead of calling the school, I sat Hope down and showed her pictures of hippos and how cute they actually can be. Okay maybe not all of them, but the little ones are cute. She had just started her own Facebook page (of course I would monitor it closely), and the new look with the cover photo had just started. With my skills in Photoshop, I created a cover photo for her page with cute pics of hippos. I also added “I love hippos” at the bottom. Than for her profile pic, I added the meme at the top of this post. Hope loved it! Without having to say a word to the kids who called her hippo (giggle – it still doesn’t make any sense) she stood up to them by taking the power of their words away. She was never called a hippo again. However, she has now grown so fond of hippos that she collects them.
I know not all bullying situations can be handled with such ease, but in cases such as this one… taking the high road is so much better.
Have a blessed day!
Mom of 5 amazing kids, married to Shawn, retired teacher of 19 years, cares for a total of 9 pets (3 frisky cats and 6 great-tempered dogs), daughter, really amateur photographer, photoshopper, a football, wrestling, track, baseball, dance, and tumbling mom, zazzle designer, constant dieter, handles the budget, hates to cook, addicted to coffee, trying-to-quit smoker, TV potato, and passionate about writing.