Kid-to-Kid is all about helping one another. Each month, a school-related problem will appear in this space. Youngsters just like you can respond by sending in possible solutions to the problem presented.
What’s fun is getting together with someone you know to discuss the solutions in this column. They are printed below for you to read. You may even discover other ideas for solving the monthly problem. Enjoy!
Note: This month, suggestions were contributed by students at The HOPE Center for boys and girls in Lakewood. This organization is doing a superb job of supporting kids to become all they can be.
Now, here’s this month’s situation:
Two girls called me a bad name at recess. This hurt my feelings. I don’t know what to do. They may keep calling me names because I haven’t said anything to stop them. I thought they were friends.
Jacob, age 9
You can go to a teacher or a parent. Or, you can give an I message to the girls (a message saying how you feel). Speak in kind words when you talk to them.
Samarra, age 9
If someone called me a name and everyone laughed, I’d just say, "That’s not the right thing to say here." That worked for me last year when someone kept tripping me. I said, "That’s not nice."
Aldhair, age 9
I think you should say stuff like, "I don’t appreciate you calling me names because it’s not nice. It’s just not right." Or, just ignore them.
Anthony, age 11
I’d either tell a teacher or ask them why they called me a bad name.
Taemora, age 10
1. Tell somebody.
2. Tell them to stop and say, "It hurts my feelings."
3. Walk away.
4. Ignore them.
Devin, age 10
1. Walk away
2. Say nothing and they will stop later.
3. Go play a game.
Tajanae, age 11
TALKING IT OVER
A big thank you goes to all who submitted solutions. Jacob will appreciate having several ideas to try.
Readers, now is a good time to talk over the suggestions with someone you know, maybe a parent, grandparent, guardian or friend. You might discuss which solutions you liked. Why did you like them? Were there any you wouldn’t use? Why is that? Do you have other ideas for solving Jacob’s problem? If Jacob feels a little scared to talk to the two girls, what could he do to make it easier to speak to them?
When you discuss questions like these, you’re finding ways to become a better problem solver. Good for you! Now, let’s look at the new concern for this month.
I saw a friend take something that doesn’t belong to him. Should I tell or keep quiet so he won’t get into trouble? I don’t want this friend to be mad at me.
Arianna, age 11
SUBMIT YOUR SOLUTION
If you’d like to suggest an idea for Arianna to try, email in c/o The Suburban Times at: email@example.com. Or, if you have a problem you’d like others to help solve, go to this same email address. Kids helping kids–it’s a super idea! See you next month.
Copyright 2007 Doris Hudson
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To read past columns:
– Being made fun of, or not performing well
– Having a friend cheat off your test
– Arguing with a friend
– Name calling