Bullying is a big problem in US schools today. Children that are bullied suffer emotionally and are more likely to develop low self esteem and depression. Experts believe that the younger the children are when bullying prevention is taught, the better. Teaching younger children about bullying prevention, as well about the social/emotional skills is crucial to the development of “emotional intelligence,” which lays a foundation that promotes the capability for empathy, which can grow throughout their school years.
“Many children experience the beginnings of bullying behavior for the first time while in daycare, preschool, or kindergarten,” explains Karen Goldberg, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with parents and children, including adolescents. “The groundwork for how to deal with and prevent bullying behavior is laid early on. The sooner children are given tools for preventing bullying, the more effective they will be.”
Peter J. Goodman, is an author, who has been working with Goldberg toward creating tools to teach young children, typically between preschool to around the third grade. His new book, “We’re All Different But We’re All Kitty Cats” (dreamBIG Press, 2012), teaches children about accepting differences, bullying awareness and prevention and empathy. “The research shows that bullying can begin as early as three years old,” added Peter Goodman. “If it’s not addressed at that age, it will likely worsen in terms of intensity and effects as children grow up. The sooner we address the issue, the better off everyone will be, even the children who may do the bullying.”
“We’re all Different But, We’re All Kitty Cats, First Day of School,” is about a young cat named Carlos. On the first day of school the teacher asks all the kitty cats to share two things about themselves. When it is Carlos’ turn he says that he likes to read books and he has no fur. Some of the other kitty cats in class laugh at Carlos and tease him about not having any fur. Two other kitty cats stand up to the bully and walk with Carlos all the way home. At home Carlos’ mother tells him that he is special and that every kitty cat in his class is different but they are all kitty cats. Carlos returns to school the next day feeling better about himself and his differences.
My three-year-old son enjoyed this story. “We are all Different But We’re All Kitty Cats, First Day of School,” would make a wonderful addition to any home or school library. You can purchase this book online at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble Booksellers. DreamBig Press will donate a portion of the proceeds from book sales to support Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center. You can also learn more about the book at www.kittycatsbook.com.
*Disclosure: I received a copy of We are all Different But We’re All Kitty Cats, First Day of School in exchange for this review. All opinions are accurate and 100% mine.
Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.
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