Bullying is a major issue nowadays, especially among teenagers. Although many preventive measures are taken to eradicate it, bullying still takes place in various forms.
When compared to teachers, parents are more effective in dealing with children who are bullies. This father is an excellent example of that. Randy Smalls is a father of three children and lives in South Carolina. He suffered from bullying when he was growing up. Although this affected him negatively, he was still able to pursue a good career.
Educate your children about bullying and teach them to support victims of bullying by including them in various activities. People should respect you, and when they don’t, it doesn’t mean there is something wrong with you; it means there is something wrong with them!
His past experiences led him to be protective of his seventh-grade daughter Re’Onna. But in this scenario, things were different.
Apparently, Re’Onna had picked on one of her classmates because of the way she dressed. The girl’s mother then called Randy and explained the situation. Randy was shocked at first, but then he came up with a plan to teach them both an important lesson.
Since Re’Onna was a shopaholic, Randy decided to go on a shopping spree at the local mall during the weekend. After Re’Onna came home that day, Randy told her that he was taking Ryan, the bullied victim, instead of her.
Re’Onna was upset and angry, but her father was determined to teach her an unforgettable lesson. Randy took Ryan and her mother to the mall and bought her clothes worth hundreds of dollars. Ryan was moved by this gesture.
Re’Onna witnessed everything because she came along to help pick out Ryan’s new clothes. This amazing father will also be paying for Ryan’s hair appointments twice a month. They got to know that Ryan lost her father, aunt, and grandmother recently. So she was suffering from non-epileptic seizures due to stress.
Ryan’s mother, Richauna, praised Ryan for taking a stand against bullying, although she was sorry to see Re’Onna upset.
After a few days, Re’Onna came to realize her mistakes and learned a lesson. “After it all happened, I’m glad that we did it because she needed that help,” she said.
Thanks to the father’s efforts, these two girls are now good friends.
Randy has even become a father figure to fatherless Ryan, who has found someone to look up to. Bullying made Ryan sad and depressed, so think twice before you bully someone, as you never know what that person is going through.
Parents are responsible for the actions of their children. As a parent, if you notice signs of bullying in your offspring, take action immediately and correct their behavior.
Teach your children what’s right and wrong. What you need to realize is that bullying can reduce self-esteem in a child. So make sure that you enhance your child’s self-image in every way possible.
Bullies don’t just exist in schools. They are found in workplaces and even at home. Stand up for yourself!
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