‘Get your bags ready for school!’ Mum said, her stomach tied in multiple knots.
‘No, that doesn’t feel safe,’ Charlie said, and exchanged his bag for his teddy.
‘Sorry, what did you say?’
‘It doesn’t feel safe Mummy, can I talk to you?’
Sitting on the bed, Mum looked at her little boy, smart, funny and today, serious.
‘I’m being bullied Mummy, by another boy at school; he keeps on taking my lunch money, and keeps threatening to hit me if I don’t keep quiet, and you are one of my network and I want to talk to you.’
This was written for the six sentence story, from https://girlieontheedge1.wordpress.com/author/girlieontheedge1/ and I just wanted to show that it is okay to talk. We all have a network of friends and family we can rely on. If you are parents to young children, watch out for your child’s warning signs. They may have a stomach ache, quiet, or can act in a way you wouldn’t imagine.
Let your child be confident to talk to you, and have a network they can talk to, whether it be friends or family.
I was bullied as a child, and always thought I needed to keep it a secret because it would get worse, but there wasn’t much worse that could have happened. Talking, being open, is the only way bullying will become a thing of the past.
We can’t let it carry on because ”it has always happened”.