Words-Can-and-Do-Hurt--Tips-to-Handle-Name-Calling-MainPhotoUPDATED June 17th, 2017

By now, many of us are aware of the school bus monitor who was teased to tears by boys who posted the video on YouTube. Karen Klein, 68, has received support worldwide, and more than $650,000 has been donated to a fund set up to send her on a vacation and help her retire.

The boys repeatedly referred to her as fat and a troll and cursed at her during the 10-minute video. The merciless teasing caused outrage. It was a sad reminder of how words can and do hurt.

Don't-Fear-the-Tears-10-Awesome-Things-About-People-Crying-Photo9Often the name-calling starts young and starts at home among siblings. With summer break upon us, it’s likely moms across America will have to step in and referee. How can parents diffuse the tension between siblings who name-call?  And what distinguishes harmless, name-calling from full-fledged bullying?

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