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3 Cliches Not to Ignore

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“Kill ’em with kindness.”

When dealing with bullies, you can do one of two things: give them a taste of their own medicine or kill them with kindness, which means countering their rudeness and aggression with courtesy and politeness. Almost all anti-bullying programs would advocate for the latter, but one in particular takes it further than most. Roots of Empathy (ROE), a classroom program that started in Canada and spread to the United States and New Zealand, believes that empathy is the key to reducing, if not eliminating, bullying. Students are taught empathy by routine visits from a baby and his or her parent. By watching the baby grow and learning to pick up on his or her emotional cues, ROE supporters believe that kids are more likely to understand themselves and others, which makes them less likely to harm themselves and others. What’s more, research at the University of British Columbia has shown an 88 percent decrease in aggression among students who participate in ROE’s program. A little lesson in kindness and empathy can go a long way.

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10:32AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Thanks

2:20AM PST on Feb 16, 2013

thanks

6:48PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

interesting read. Thank you

8:34AM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Interesting

2:56AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

Interesting take...

6:52PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Thanks for sharing - very interesting.

12:02PM PST on Nov 20, 2012

Interesting.

9:02AM PST on Nov 16, 2012

Intriguing.

8:58AM PST on Nov 16, 2012

@Kate I think that is a saying not a cliche. If you think your mouth is being "duct taped" by not using cliches in conversation, then I think it would serve you well to apply actually duct tape to your mouth. Here is an idea. Instead of using meaningless, thoughtless, overused phrases why dont you try thinking before you open your mouth....I know this might hurt a little. If you prattle on all the time no one listens, but if you speak rarely but with meaning, when you do say something people will want to listen.
But dont worry girl, you will get thru this. It could be worse. It will get better. Trust me. Life is good. Everything you are going through you will learn from it. It is what it is.

8:04PM PST on Nov 15, 2012

@Holli C: How bout "the squeaky wheel gets the grease"? or "Ask and you shall receive"? How do you do that with your mouth duct taped?

But however you feel about cliches, your wish is my command, & I'll quit here.

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