Reader poll


You're beautiful on the inside Help your child shrug off bullies' teasing :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Traditionally the start of school means back to books, but for some children it also means back to bullies. So we asked readers for advice on how they help their children cope with teasing. Here is what you had to say:

To help my kids to be good friends with others, I tell them that it's what's on the inside that counts. “Beauty” comes from being friendly and nice. I tell them not to worry about what others think. I tell them to make friends with children who look as though they feel left out.

If they do get bullied, I tell them to get in on the joking themselves. For example, if someone laughs at their pants because they've grown and their pants are short, they could chuckle and say, “Yeah, these pants are so short! It looks like I'm expecting a flood!” It will take the wind out of their fire. Becky of Elgin, mom of Megan, 9, and Nicole, 7

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Send all submissions to: Sandi Pedersen, Chicago Parent, 141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302. E-mail: [email protected]; fax: (708) 524-8360. In October, we're going for the obvious: Send us photos of your kids in their Halloween costumes. We know it's not original, but we just love looking at all those ghosts and goblins, witches and wizards, pirates and princesses. Deadline: Sept. 7. In November, we celebrate adoptive families. Send us photos of your adopted children cuddling with you, playing with their siblings or otherwise enjoying family life. Deadline: Oct. 11.

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