When it comes to pranks and teasing…especially with teens…when is it too much?
In a small town in Michigan, it’s homecoming this weekend. And there will be a young girl who has struggled to get there; all because of bullying.
The Today Show reports a small group of students in the sophomore class thought it would be funny to choose for a candidate one girl who was not so popular. A girl who expressed herself differently in the way she dressed and clothes she wore. Funny, right?
Cruel is the correct word.
When it comes to bullying and making others feel “less than” it is always too much.
When this precious girl put together the details behind her nomination, initially she was shocked and hurt. Then she responded on Facebook, “”Going to homecoming to show them that I’m not a joke,” she wrote. “I’m a beautiful person and you shouldn’t mess with me!”
This 16 year old girl dug down deep and with the support of her mom, spoke truth. Yes…she is a beautiful person!
If this prank was pulled on your girl, how would she respond? Have you built into your girl’s heart a confidence that is not based on her popularity at school, her newest outfit or the date she has on Saturday night?
Whether it is in middle school, high school or on the job one day, our children will encounter hard times that will buffet them; attack their self-worth. It is our responsibility to give them the foundation of building their worth on the one thing that can NEVER be taken from them: Jesus’ unconditional love. Even if they stand alone, they will never be alone. We can pour this truth into their hearts so on that day, whatever it looks like, they stand tall and say like Whitney, “I am a beautiful person!”
We begin by speaking positive words that are not based on the things that can be taken from them. Yes, it is good to compliment them on their grades or success in sports, but these are things that are not permanent. Some day no one will care that they made the honor roll or that they had a home run in the softball game. When we build them up on their character and who they are in the eyes of their Creator, these things are eternal!
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Did you experience bullying and pranks as a young woman? Did you have the self-worth to overcome?