This post was sponsored by JIMMY Patterson books. All opinions are my own.
My son loves reading, and I always love to watch him enjoy his latest book. When he received the latest middle reader book from James Patterson – Pottymouth and Stoopid – he couldn't put it down. In fact, when he was done reading it, he said that he was so upset that he finished it because he didn't have it to read anymore. That is definitely the sign of a great book! When I asked him to explain a little bit about the book, it was a great way to start talking about bullying. Middle school can definitely be challenging, and it's so important to help teach your child not to be a bully. It's great to have a book that helps encourage those conversations.
Here's the official synopsis of the book:
David and his best friend Michael were tagged with awful nicknames way back in preschool when everyone did silly things. Fast-forward to seventh grade: “Pottymouth” and “Stoopid” are still stuck with the names—and everyone in school, including the teachers and their principal, believe the labels are true. So how do they go about changing everyone's minds? By turning their misery into megastardom on TV, of course! Follow their roller-coaster journey from the ultimate losers to the biggest winners, with more than 100 hilarious illustrations in this signature Patterson format. And this important story delivers more than just laughs—it shows that the worst bullying doesn't have to be physical . . . and that things will get better.
As your child reads the book, the topic of bullying may come up. While it's important to directly address bullying with your children (the schools generally do a great job with this as well), there are more subtle things can you can also do to teach your child not to be a bully. Here are my tips.
5 Tips to Teach Your Child Not To Be A Bully
Teach your children to have empathy for others. Make sure they understand how others feel, and how their actions may affect others.
Model Good Behavior
Kids might remember what you say, but they especially remember what you do. Model good behavior with your children, and don't say negative things about others.
Understand About Their Day
It can be difficult to get through to your kids, but don't stop asking about their day. Instead of asking, “How was your day”? ask what the best and worst parts of their day was. Also ask who they had lunch with and what they did.
Monitor Technology Use
This is important since so much bullying happens online. Monitor your child's technology use, and make sure you follow ALL of their social media accounts. It's also a good idea to make sure that the phone and tablets stay out of the kids' bedrooms at night.
Invite your kids' friends over. Host the “hangouts”. Drive the carpool. Stay involved and make sure your kids know what your expectations are.
To learn more about Pottymouth and Stoopid, visit these websites.
Win it! One lucky Mom's Favorite Stuff reader will receive the following prize pack:
- A copy of Pottymouth and Stoopid
- $50 Visa gift card for a day of friendship (no bullies allowed!)
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