Take even a few minutes to be around a group of kids and you will inevitably hear something being said that will be taken as mean.
?Ew, you stink!?
?You?re not my friend anymore.?
While a child saying mean things can feel hurtful, it is important for children to be able to recognize the difference between someone being mean and them being bullied. With all the activity surrounding October as National Bully Prevention Month, it is important that we, as parents, teachers and self-defense instructors, know and communicate that difference and help kids understand it as well.