Not everyone has been bullied, but for those who have, those memories are not only lasting but highly impactful, if not defining. Much has been written about contemporary bullying issues involving social media, texting, and old-fashioned taunts and threats, but there is not an abundance of tales from fully-grown adults about their experiences overcoming the bullying experience.
A new anthology titled, Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories, describing individual experiences as children and teens about dealing with a history of bullying. Contributing authors like R.L. Stine, Carrie Jones and famed children’s book author Mo Willems recount their sometimes funny, but most often painful, experiences being the victim of bullying – experiences that would otherwise be shameful and maybe hidden deep within layers of repression. The fact is, adults, even years on from these traumatic experiences, still carry with them a feeling of judgment and profound pain, and writing and sharing such experiences are not only therapeutic, but a way of reaching out to adolescents going through very similar experiences.
So in the spirit of moving through traumatic experiences, such as bullying, I wanted to open up the comments to those who have an experience to share about bullying or being bullied. Have you, or your children, had bullying experiences that have left a lasting impression? How have you dealt with such experiences? What would you do differently if you could go back and do it all over again? Please be as candid and forthcoming as you care to be.