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Bully Trouble: Teen Star Demi Lovato Shares Her Story

April 25, 2011

Do you ever worry about your kids facing a bully? Disney teen star Demi Lovato recently shared her story of facing bullies on 20/20. (Click here for the story.)

Their cruel treatment drove Lovato to depression, bulimia, and other harmful behaviors like cutting her wrists. Lovato says she is on the right road now and has received help as she fights her inner battles. She has had "Stay Strong" tattooed on her wrists as a reminder to herself. But, my heart cries for her and all the children who have suffered from bullies.

You may not always be able to protect your children, but you can encourage them and equip them as they head out into the world. I hope none of us will ignore bullying. It is serious.

Here are some great books to help a child, or an adult, with bullying.

EJ and the Bully:  a lesson in respect (child reading level)
The Tale of Sir Dragon:  dealing with bullies for kids (child reading level)
Good-bye Bully Machine
Jay McGraw’s Life Strategies for Dealing with Bullies
The Everything Parents Guide to Dealing with Bullies: from Playground Teasing to Cyber Bullying 
More Bullies in More Books (a guide to the best books about bullying)
Beating the Bullies:  twenty inspiring true-life stories of triumph over violence, intimidation and bullying 
10 Days to a Bully-Proof Child
The Complete Guide to Understanding, Controlling, and Stopping Bullies and Bullying at Work (for adults)
Bullies, Tyrants, and Impossible People: How to Beat Them without Joining Them (for adults)
No More Bullies [for those who wound or are wounded] (for adults)

Rachael B.
Camden Point Branch

Tags: bullying

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