Part Two: Bullying: Will it Ever End?


A bully can turn something like going to the bus stop or recess into a nightmare for kids. Bullying can leave deep emotional scars. And in extreme situations, it can involve violent threats, property damage, or someone getting seriously hurt…


Bullying can range from hitting, shoving, name-calling, threats, and mocking to extorting money and possessions. Some kids bully by shunning others and spreading rumors about them. Others use social media or electronic messaging to taunt others or hurt their feelings…


Sometimes kids torment others because that's the way they've been treated. They may think their behavior is normal because they come from families or other settings (that maintain similar behaviors) … 


It's natural to get upset by the bully, but that's what bullies thrive on. It makes them feel more powerful. Perhaps the best advice for a child is to remain calm and walk away.


From, March 2023


1) Have you ever been bullied or have you ever bullied someone? Tell.



2) Can bullying happen in adult contexts? How? Where? In the workplace? At home?



3) Are there any measures in your community to address bullying in schools?



4) If child bullies learn from older members of their family, how can this cycle end?



5) If your child is being bullied, how will you respond? What steps will you take?



6) Is it possible bullying will ever end or is it an integral part of human nature?



~ Part Three: Topic 4 ~


1) How many siblings did you have growing up? How did they affect your upbringing?

I had three sisters. I was the only son. That means I was the fourth child in a family of six.

I suppose I was overly cared for (sisters) but I had a strong dad to balance the situation.


2) Would you change anything regarding your upbringing? What rules would you change?

I would change the way my parents managed our free time. On Sundays,  after church,

we would drive around in our car for an hour or so… not much conversation. It was tedious.


3) Do you have children? Tell. Do you want children? Tell. Do couples need children? Explain.

Yes. I have one child. He is ten. I don’t know how my life would be without him. I think about it.

On the other hand, I think modern couples can be happy without children. It’s their choice.


4) Do you think we should raise boys and girls differently? Explain.

Absolutely not. I have two girls and I let them do as they please. They play soccer better

than half the boys of their age. They will not become housewives, I guarantee you that.


5) What are the best ways to punish/reward a child? Is physical punishment OK?

Physical punishment is not necessary. Rewarding good behavior is the best way.

“Spare the rod, spoil the child” is an expression now far out of favor. Respect all around.


6) What are some of the most difficult problems faced by parents in your country?

Education. But less so now. It used to be that much of the family income would go to

one academy (music, art) or another (English, math). Now things have changed.


7) How did you cope with sibling rivalry as a child? If you have children, is it an issue?

Because I was a twin, I had issues all the time. We were very close and others wondered

about our relationship. We competed with each other, but not seriously. We got along.


8) How do you reward your children for the good things that they do?

I reward my children when they succeed with praise then push them to become stronger.

I don’t think feeding them donuts or buying them expensive toys is a good idea.


9) Do you want your children to "follow in your footsteps"? Why or why not?

Yes. I believe we raise our children in our own image. They should become like us.

The heritage of family and country is more important than individual freedom.


10) If you have adult children, what do you do together? Do you enjoy the time together?

We go out all the time. My son has three children and they are delightful. I have two

daughters… one in uni and the other crisscrossing Asia. We enjoy each other’s company.




~ Food for Thought ~ Topic 12 ~ Raising Children ~ Explore the Topic ~


Raising Children




Raising Twins








Family Codependency




Helping Kids Deal with Bullies




How to Discipline Children




Nutrition for Children



~ Topic 2-4 ~ Raising Children ~ Questions for Conversation ~

Honor your mistakes, they will lead to learning...

Through this learning, more mistakes will be made…

Through this process, mistakes are no longer mistakes…

They become the act of learning.





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Lesson Procedures/Suggestions for Lessons


Part One: Diary ~ Write in your book or manage in your mind ~


Prepare for each class with a Diary ~ Thoughts, Notes, Stories… as you like ~

Think about or Write a memory from your (recent) past, about your daily routines, or about your future...

Any idea or any time… It could be about your family, friends, a song, a meal, a movie, a painful experience, a fun event, a book, internet content, childhood, future goals, news, social issues, etc.

Then present it at the beginning of class.


Part Two: Discuss a Topic


1) Read the passage as a class. Teacher first. Taking turns with sentences. Or any other method.

2) As a class, in groups, or in pairs, discuss the questions. Take equal turns. Encourage others. 

3) Ask questions and share ideas in conversation. Make and Give opinions. Be positive but critical.


Part Three: Dialogue Discussion


1) There are ten questions with sample answers. Sample answers are given as models.

2) As a class, in groups, or in pairs, select the questions youd like to talk about. 

3) Ask questions and share ideas in conversation. Take notes. Take equal turns.


Explore the possibilities. Use the web. Make your own questions. Take equal turns.