Regarding Robert Orndorff’s March 8 column on fathering (“Dads can help kids develop a thick skin”), I’m not a father and am a long time from being a youngster, but I remember the interaction between my father and me as if it were yesterday.
When the issue of getting bullied gets to the point of the child coming to the parent with concerns, developing a thick skin might be the last thing they need.
Kids today have a lot more avenues to be picked on, what with anonymous tweets, texts, Instagram and Snapchat, just to name a few.
Think of the bravery of the youngster coming to the parent, only to be told to “roll with the punches, not to take things so personal.”
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Instead of shaming the child, sit down and get to the bottom of the concerns.
Instead of teaching our children “not to make a mountain out of a molehill,” let’s teach them not to bully.