Are Pre-School Children Being Bullied?

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The simple answer is YES!  Having said that though, some of the teasing that takes place with pre-school children is not bullying in the classic sense and definition.  It may be young ones just trying on their social skills and not yet having them honed yet.  The definition of bullying is the intentional use of power over another person to manipulate or hurt the target physically or emotionally over a period of time.  Therefore it is something that is taking place on more than one ocassion.

pre-school bullies hurt parents and children

Increasingly though we are seeing and hearing reports of pre-school children repeatedly picking on, teasing and physically hurting other children in their class or on the playground.  In an effort to understand what is happening to our children and then to offer suggestions to resolve these issues with parents and teachers I am interested in hearing the stories from you about what has happened to your child or to someone you have seen.  What have you done to resolve the issues?  How have teachers and administrators reacted when you have discussed the questions about bullying?  For the teachers, how do you deal with this conduct when you see it in your classes or playground?

What is your story?  Were you bullied as a small child?  Is your son or daughter being teased on a regular basis or being bullied in another way? Tell your story here as we work on changing the culture in our communities.

Continue to check back as we work on this subject of helping our children build the character and courage to be their best.

8 Percent of Americans have diabetes

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In last nights Capital newspaper, it was reported that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting that the 2007 figures indicate about 3 million additional Americans now have diabetes, bringing the numbers to 24 million individuals with diabetes and 57 million with sugar abnormalities (pre-diabetes).  
As a school and community interested in our ability to defend ourselves against things that harm us, lets continue to make this a part of our program here as well as in our home.  When we eat the right foods and get our bodies moving as well as being aware of risk factors we can decrease the risk we have for the disease.  
This fall we are looking forward to working with the community college and some in our BLS community to develop a video that can be used as an education tool for our community.  If you would like to assist in this effort please be sure to let us know.