Hurtful Teasing!

When teasing is no longer defined as: ‘ . .in a playful way’, it can be a form of bullying!  And, this psychological bullying is just as harmful as physical bullying!  Most people would refer to this bullying as ‘teasing hurtfully’ as contrasted to ‘playfully’!  One form of psychological bullying under the term ‘teasing’ is ‘name calling’.  The child who is subjected to this form of bullying often feels helpless and often worthless!  Some parents who otherwise would not even think of bullying their children physically, will engage in this teasing – this name calling, this labeling – and the group present will laugh at the expense of the child being teased!  The negative effects on the victim of this teasing can be very harmful!

So, we all want to once again let the child know when the teasing may happen, and give the child some voice in whether or not this is going to be appropriate.  We will do our best to stay away from negative and hurtful labels for our children – no more: “you’re so stupid”, or “you never get it right”, or “I knew you wouldn’t be able to do this”, or any form of name calling!  We want our kids to have feeling of self-worth and a sense of their ability to have control over their own lives in accordance with the age and ability!

No more ‘Hurtful Teasing’!  The price we have to pay for that might be much too high!


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