As parents, one of our biggest worries is our kids being bullied. We’ve all heard the stories, we’ve seen what happens when they end badly. We’ve read about KIDS taking their own lives after being bullied. And it’s terrifying! One mom recently learned that her daughter was being bullied at school. Her little girl is only 6, so mom thought she had more time before having to deal with this. Unfortunately, it seems to happen earlier and earlier. So she did what more parents should do: she told her daughter it was OK to fight back.

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Mandi Castle’s daughter opened up to her one day as they walked home from school. Remember, she is only SIX.

“Mom, I got bullied today.”

Castle questioned her a little, but chalked it up to her daughter being a bit dramatic. The girl said she was being chased by a group of boys on the playground. So Castle told her not to play with them anymore, and figured that was that.

It wasn’t until later that Mandi learned exactly what had gone down.

At dinner, her daughter opened up about the bullying. She told her mom that the boys were hitting her on the butt, and then laughed and called her chubby when she told them to stop.

“Two boys put their hands on my daughter, and when she told them to stop, they called her fat and made fun of her. Let that sink in for a second.”

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Mandi told her daughter to tell her teacher, but the girl said she did and nothing was done. They talked about how the touching was inappropriate, and how telling her teacher was the right thing to do. But then, when the girl said she’d just hide at recess, Mandi said NOPE.

“NO. You will not let two boys ruin your free time. You will not allow them to take your fun away.”

She told her daughter that if they continued to touch her, she had every right (and mom’s permission!) to defend herself. “If they continue to bother you, you turn around and step on their feet, or kick them in the shins or their balls, and if you get in trouble, go ahead and tell your teacher to give me a call.”

Kick them in the shins or the balls. YES MOM. Yes.

We’re raising our kids to (hopefully) be good people. That means teaching them about consent, physical boundaries, respect, and kindness. We need to teach our sons that girls’ bodies are not for their amusement, and we need to teach our girls that they have every right to defend themselves. But most of all, we as parents need to do better. This kind of behavior is learned, and they’re always watching us.

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