With the world following her every move and little girls everywhere looking up to her, princess- and bride-to-be Kate Middleton seems to have it all, and it's difficult to imagine her as an object of Mean Girls-style teasing and name-calling. But a book coming out next month is reportedly going to expose Kate Middleton's bullied past at prestigious public school Downe House (possibly a reason why she's supporting an antibullying organization). Bullying has become a major issue lately, and it's something almost everyone can relate to, even celebrities. To see some of the stars who've been bullied and what they have to say about it, click through my slideshow.
When your wee one hits the playground, who has his back? A mother of one recently told me that her sweet 13-month-old daughter has been bullied at the park, even by kindergartners. Thinking back, I remembered my girl being knocked out of the slide line and having sand thrown in her eyes on a couple of occasions. Then my son was born and things changed because when my daughter sat in the sandbox, she had a sidekick. No one messes with my littlest guy since he's got an entourage in his two older siblings. Do bullies spare brothers and sisters and target only children?
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There seems to be one in every mommy crowd. The playground patrol who feels it is within her right to monitor the actions of children, parents and caregivers. This mama's lil ones have never had a non-organic treat or been placed in front of the boob tube. Deborah Copaken Kogan, a New York City mother of three and former war photographer, takes on these Type A mums in her new tome Hell Is Other Parents. The collection of essays will sound familiar to any mom who has come face-to-face with nanny poaching rivals and sanctimommies who feel it necessary to give you unsolicited advice on your own parenting issues.
According to a recent article about female bullies in the workplace, only 40 percent of workplace bullies are women, but their targets are usually other women. (Male bullies, according to researchers, target men and women equally.)
Peggy Klaus, an executive coach in Berkeley, CA, calls women bullying other women in the workforce "the pink elephant" in the room, particularly, she says, because "[we] are supposed to be the nurturers and the supporters.”
So what exactly is bullying and why would women primarily target other women? To hear some opinions, read more
At the park, a boy twice my daughter's age called her a "bit**" and threw sand in her face. She's 4. If this type of incident occurs at our local playground while the kids are accompanied by parents and nannies, what happens once they head off to school on their own? A recent report in the San Francisco Chronicle took a look at the serious repercussions of bullying — a first grader suffering a head fracture after being slammed into a tree and an eighth grader committing suicide. The statistics are just as alarming as the stories. It said:
According to the American Medical Association, an estimated 160,000 children a day refuse to go to school for fear of being bullied, often claiming headaches or stomachaches, which they may in fact be experiencing as a symptom of stress and anxiety.
To see how parents can help their offspring deal with this issue, read more