The Bottom Line
- Book is broken into sections that make for easy comprehension of tough topics.
- Love the journal excercises.
- Accepts that bullying is a complicated issue with no simple answers.
- Repeats certain points until they become mundane, but it gets the point across.
- Needs to address what a child should do if adults are apathetic.
- Goes into detailed focus on how bullies are made.
- Explains to kids the real damage a bully can do, beyond the physical hurt.
- Gives kids ways to fight back without fighting.
- Chapter, No Innocent Bystanders, is useful in teaching groups of kids & teens about taking a proactive approach to bullying.
- Questions help teens reflect on whether they have ever bullied and for what reasons.
- Chapter summaries are useful for remembering all that was talked about in the chapter.
- The questions in the exercises could lead to meaningful family discussions.
Guide Review - Jay McGraw's Life Strategies for Dealing with Bullies
That said, I don't agree all of the strategies in the book as I don't believe that kids should try and solve a bully problem on their own by engaging the bully in conversations, even if friends are around. I strongly believe that once someone is physically hurt by a bully, adults need to be a part of the solution.
All in all a good book to get the topic of bullying out in the open in your home with your kids.