Me: Are you popular?
Her: No, but I have some great friends so I don’t care.
Me: Do you have popular friends?
Her: Yes I do and they are nice.
Me: Do you want to be popular?
Her: I am popular to my friends and I don’t need any more attention than that.
Me: You’re a pretty great kid you know that?
Her: Yep, I know.
I am a firm believer that my daughter has a better chance of defending herself against bullies if she learns to love herself, is confident, and isn’t afraid to use her voice. In fact, I have to work equally as hard to make sure she doesn’t become a bully because she is so confident. I think most parents are so focused on making sure their kids aren’t bullied they forget that we can all be bullies without guidance in that regard as well.
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