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Creative Organizing Ideas

November 30, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Organization No Comments →

Most people say the words, ‘I have to get Organized’ with a tone of complete drudgery in their voice. It’s viewed as a chore or something that needs to be tackled and fought through. Believe it or not, organizing can be fun!

Being organized is about being able to find and use the things that you do have, rather than just having to get rid of things. Another fallacy about organizing is that it’s just about having pretty, matching containers to put all of your stuff into.

That’s not the case at all, but you know what? It sure can be soothing and make you happy when things do in fact match, look good together and are attractive.

It’s not a requirement that you go out and spend a lot of money for things to be visually appealing and efficient. There have never been more organizing shows, magazines and books out there on the market than there are now which give you an unlimited source of ideas. Just because you see something in a magazine or store, it doesn’t mean that you have to buy that exact product. There are tons of creative alternatives.

1) Paint Cans: Rather than spending lots of money on round containers meant specifically for organizing, go to your local hardware store and buy empty metal paint cans. You can then decorate them using any number of techniques from stickers, to paint pens to hot gluing little items on the sides. You can use the paint pens to make ‘labels’ on the cans to indicate what each one holds. Cans like this have an unlimited array of uses. They can be as colorful and crazy or as simple and sleek as you want to make them. These are especially fun for kid’s rooms.

2) Shoe Boxes: Another great option for fun, easy and reasonable kid’s storage is to decorate shoe boxes. You can make it a fun project to do with your children. If they are involved with creating the boxes, chances are they will be more interested in using them. You can cover the boxes with contac-type paper which will not only be long-lasting but will help to reinforce the boxes as well. From there, the possibilities are endless. Don’t have kids? That’s OK, because this idea works for kids AND adults alike!

3) Colored Containers: Having trouble locating the Christmas or other winter holiday decorations among all of the brown cardboard boxes in your attic or basement? Not sure which one holds your scary Halloween witch or Jack O’Lantern? Right after each holiday, brightly colored storage boxes colored appropriately for the holiday are available for a small percentage of their original cost. You will save yourself tons of time, effort and energy by being able to see immediately where the Christmas boxes are, for example, by locating the bright red and green boxes.

4) Clear Jars: Tired of a packed, cluttered pantry where you’re always struggling to find things? Clear jars, either glass or plastic, in various sizes will turn any pantry from drab to fab! Everything from rice to sugar, flour, chocolate chips, salt, and all of your dry goods can be stored this way. With one glance, you will be able to see where everything is and even better, how much is left. No chance that you’ll reach for a box of something you need and be unpleasantly surprised when there’s only a tiny drop left.

5) Containerize: Does your bathroom look like a drugstore? Is it filled to the brim with cosmetics, medications, hair supplies and other miscellaneous debris? Containerize! In the short time it will take you to sort things into like categories, you can have a relaxing, orderly place. One box for nail stuff, one box for cosmetics, one box for hair accessories and so on. With the incredible selections out there these days, you’ll be able to find something that will compliment your bathroom decor and still allow you to have everything within reach.

6) Nice Hangers: Turn your closet into a boutique! With one super easy and fairly inexpensive trick, you can make your closet look like your favorite upscale store. Change out all of your hangers for matching wooden hangers. What was once expensive is now reasonable. Many of the big stores sell large packages of them at a great price. Another option is to do half matching wooden hangers and half of the satin covered puffy ones that are gentler on your delicates. It’s amazing what a big difference this will make in your closet’s appearance and functionality. It will also give you a chance to sort through what you have in your closet and have to wear.

While you’re at it, turn all of your hangers in the opposite direction from the normal way you would hang them. When you wear an item, turn it back the usual way and then you will have concrete evidence of exactly which clothes you’re actually wearing.

With just a little change in your thinking, you too can turn your organizing projects from Drab to Fab!

Get Organized Now is an amazing collection of 2,175 ideas, tips and techniques for organizing your home, your clutter, your time, your schedule, your money, your paper, your family and much more!

How to Stay Organized This Holiday Season

November 27, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

Like many people throughout the country, you may have a love-hate relationship with the holidays. You love being able to visit with friends and family but you may not enjoy having your home life in an upheaval. There are parties to attend, shopping to get done and a house to decorate. When are you going to find the time for everything? The following tips will help you learn how to stay organized and sane this holiday season. Let’s get started!

First and foremost, ensure you get enough rest throughout the holidays. If you’re not sleeping properly, you could become sleep deprived which will add to your stress level. Rather than staying late at holiday parties, it would be better to leave early so you can get your rest.

Make a master list of what you have to do for the holidays. Once you know everything that needs to be done in a given time you’ll be better prepared to accomplish them. Here are some things you may have on your list:

* Budget – Set a budget for the things you’ll spend over the holidays for gifts, postage, wrapping materials, food and beverages. Try to purchase things over the course of the months leading to the holidays rather than having to spend everything at once.

* Food – Are you having a gathering at your home? What will you serve? How many people will attend? What special foods will you prepare? What shopping will you need to do above your normal grocery shopping?

* Preparation – There are many foods which can be made ahead of time rather than spending an entire day or weekend cooking. Pies, cakes, cookies and casseroles are some items you can prepare days to weeks ahead and freeze. Take them out before you need them to give them time to defrost.

* Decorations – Purge your current decorations for worn out or broken items. List things which need to be replaced and plan when and where you will get them. Then make plans on when the decorations will actually be put up.

* Gifts – Decide who you will be giving gifts to and what you will give. If you make a list to refer to each year it won’t be like recreating the wheel over and over again. Once you know what gifts you need to purchase, you can plan to go shopping.

* Shopping – Go shopping when the stores aren’t as full. Most stores are busy after 5 p.m. or on the weekends. Try going during a weekday if possible. Or you could do all of your shopping online so you don’t have to deal with crowded stores at all.

* Cleaning – If you’re planning on having company over, you may want to enlist help to get your house cleaned up. Paying someone to do the job can be a viable option if you’re running short on time.

* Deadlines – Set some deadlines as to when you would like to have things done. Decide when you’ll have all gift buying done, when you’ll wrap things and when you’ll make goodies. The more you have planned out, the more likely you are to actually meet those deadlines and keep your sanity.

No matter how many holiday parties you have to attend and no matter how many gifts you have to buy, you can learn how to stay organized and sane this holiday season. There’s no sense in working yourself to a frenzy or feeling like you have to do everything by yourself. Get help if you need it so you can enjoy your friends, family and festivities as well.

Get Organized Now is an amazing collection of 2,175 ideas, tips and techniques for organizing your home, your clutter, your time, your schedule, your money, your paper, your family and much more!

Stress Free Thanksgiving

November 17, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Healthy Living No Comments →

Thanksgiving is the start of the busy holiday season. It can be a stressful time, but only if you let it. Here are a few suggestions for a stress free Thanksgiving right out of your gathering.

1. The first thing to do is plan and prepare ahead of time. Sit down and make a list of the things you need to get done. Take an inventory of your supplies, dishes and cookware. Make sure you have everything you need. There is nothing more stressful than finding you don’t have something on the big day! Also, plan your meal from appetizers to desserts. Make a list of the ingredients and items needed. Don’t forget to plan for leftovers. Purchasing a few disposable containers can be handy to store leftovers for sharing with family and guests.

2. If you are having company at your house for Thanksgiving, set a date with your family to clean the house the week before Thanksgiving. That way you will only have to do a little touch up when the guests arrive. If you plan to have your house professionally cleaned, make sure to book your appointment early.

3. Plan your guest list to determine how many people you are going to feed. Instead of sending out elaborate invitations, consider just picking up the phone and calling each guest to invite them personally. You will get the RSVP right away!

4. Home decor items can get you in the spirit of the season. If you plan to decorate, do so in early November so you can have the entire month to enjoy the holiday.

5. If you are traveling for the holiday, prepare a packing list in advance of your travel date. Take this list with you on the trip and use it to repack when you are ready to come home. Double-check all schedules and tickets before leaving home. Keep in mind that the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year. Try to leave a few days before and a few days after, if possible.

6. The best time to clean the refrigerator is when it is not full and that means before the holidays. You will need to make room for the turkey and other festive foods.

7. Grocery stores are busy during the holiday, so buy early to avoid long lines and crowds. Buying early will also ensure getting the best selection. Buy some of your food locally. You know where your food will be coming from and you’ll be supporting local business.

8. There are great alternatives available for having a carefree Thanksgiving. Many grocery stores sell ready- made holiday meals. Some companies even sell frozen turkeys that are already seasoned and dressed. All you have to do is put it in the oven and cook it. You can also purchase a fresh turkey which does not have to be defrosted. Not to mention, just making a reservation and going out for dinner. When you come back to the house, have a dessert and coffee or hot cocoa.

9. Cook, bake and create as much as possible ahead of time. There is no need to spend all of your time in the kitchen on Thanksgiving while everyone else is enjoying themselves. Side dishes, pies and other items can be made ahead-of-time-items and then frozen. When needed, just defrost, heat and serve.

10. Consider having a potluck dinner. The hostess will cook the turkey. Everyone who comes for dinner is assigned a dish to share. It is fun to share recipes and stories about the food everyone brings.

11. One of the biggest causes of stress is not getting enough sleep. Take the time to relax and recharge your body during the busy holiday season. A good night’s sleep will help you to feel refreshed and ready for the big day.

12. Keep the children occupied by creating an activity/craft area. Set up tables with paper, crayons, pens, glue, etc. The older children can supervise. The younger children could make name tags for the guests or they could be shown how to creatively fold napkins. This will keep them occupied and engaged for a while.

13. Keep everyone busy and share the workload. You do not have to do everything yourself. Enlist family members to help out and assign duties. Involve children with simple jobs. Don’t forget to get help when cleaning up too.

14. Focus on what really matters. The whole point behind gathering at Thanksgiving is to give thanks and show appreciation. Take the time to enjoy the company of family and friends.

Finally, after the holidays, keep the lists you put together for organizing this Thanksgiving celebration. You can use these lists to find areas that need improvement so that next year’s event is easier and even more stress-free!

7 Creative Ideas To Keep Dinner Interesting

November 15, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family No Comments →

When it comes to the nightly meal of the day – dinner meals easily become a victim of repetitive entrees and side dishes. Some individuals and families find themselves stuck in a rut, preparing some of the same meals on a weekly basis – fish on Friday, Meatloaf Monday, Taco Tuesday, bland corn, white rice, and lifeless mashed potatoes.   Many times we prepare the same meals because we know the family likes them.  But there are many other things our family would eat, if we just tried something different.  To keep dinner fun, fresh, and in many cases, exciting – there are plenty of ways to stop the boredom that comes with fixing and eating the same dishes. A few ideas include:

1) Try New Recipes – Whether you scour the cookbooks lining the library shelves or search the infinite number of online resources, there are plenty of recipes awaiting the enthusiastic cook. New recipes add excitement and new flavors that not only add spice to the dining room table, but also awaken the taste buds. You never know if you don’t like something if you’ve never try it. Why not experiment with veal or make your first gumbo?  And even if you don’t like all the ingredients in a newly discovered recipe, it can still help spark some creativity.  Feel free to use the recipe as a guideline but mix it up to suit your individual tastes like substituting pork for chicken.   After all, recipes were created by people looking for new meals options. 

2) Try New Ingredients  – Sometimes you can transform an old favorite by simply substituting the ingredients you normally use. There are thousands of different spices, meats, vegetables, fruits, sauces, and other cooking ingredients that you may be unaware of.   And you really never know if you like something until you try it.  Mix a few of your favorite spices together to make a new seasoning for meat or poultry.  Don’t limit yourself by thinking that you can’t combine certain flavors.  You never know what will work and what you’ll discover until you try it.  Ask your children what new ingredients they would like to try.  Many kids are daring when it comes to trying a new food.  This is also a great chance to explore some of the different worldwide methods of cooking, as you consider the use of cilantro, rose petals, Adobo, hummus, and oyster sauce.

3) Theme Night of the Week – To spice up the dinnertime you have grown used to, theme nights create a great break from the monotony. You may select a day of the week that is specifically set aside for a particular theme of your choice, such as “Dinner and a Movie.”   Try to choose a dinner that ties into your movie them.  When preparing a mealtime your family will never forget, you may choose to explore another culture. Are your kids learning about China in school?  Why not prepare a traditional Chinese meal.   Is Mexico currently on your child’s social studies syllabus?  Why not prepare a Mexican feast.  Giving kids a hands-on learning experience will help them much more in their studies.  Other options for theme night feasts may include: Italian (pizza, cannoli, lasagna); Asian (spring rolls, chicken stir fry, fortune cookies); Middle Eastern (pita sandwiches, falafel); or French (croissant sandwiches, quiche, crepes).   

4) Breakfast Food At Night  – When you’re tired of the same old meat and potatoes dinner, there is nothing wrong with setting a hot stack of pancakes on the table for dinner. Omelets, waffles, French toast, scrambled eggs and bacon, all make great selections for a dinner that breaks from the standard dinner fare.   An egg bake made with sausage or bacon, cheese, and vegetables makes a great well rounded option for “breakfast at dinner”.  Another great option is bagel sandwiches.  Add your favorite meats, cheeses, and toppings to a bagel to create a sandwich that works as well as a dinner as it does as a breakfast.  Kids love breakfast so they will really enjoy when they get to have it twice in one day!

5) Fun Presentation Ideas – Perhaps the things you cook for dinner tastes great and are crowd pleasers, but you want to step up the level of enjoyment. Enhanced presentation of food not only add interest to the meal, but also gets the conversation going around the dinner table. One of the most attention-grabbing ideas for meals includes fruit and vegetable carving, where radishes, apples, oranges, and melons become works of art. Sometimes, dinner plates may showcase a bright explosion of foods, arranged according to the colors of the rainbow.   Take a look at your meal and if it lacks color, find a fruit or vegetable to add to the menu, and the color palette.  Ask everyone to share their highs and lows from the day.  Or ask each member of the family to bring a fun question to the dinner table.  Examples include: What is your favorite family vacation memory?; What is one or your most prized possessions?; What’s your favorite place to be and why?; What do you want to be when you grow up and why?; or If you won two free tickets what would you like them to be for?

6) Decoration, Decoration, Decoration  -  Decorating the dining room table is a great way to boost the level of delight and  encourage a more enjoyable dinner meal.  Include colorful napkins, inviting candles, fun silverware choices, decorative tablecloths, new cups and glasses, or beautiful spreads of flowers and plants.  Allow your children to decorate paper place mats or make a fun centerpiece.  Or get inexpensive plastic mats that can be brightened up with markers or embellishments.   If there is a special occasion, such as a birthday or someone having done particularly when in school or sports, give them a personalized place setting.  Let them use a special plate for dinner.  Give them a colorful glass to drink out of.  There are many little things that can be celebrated and doing this will turn an average dinner into a fun evening feast.

7) Change The Scenery -  Sometimes the food served during dinner isn’t the boring part of mealtime, but the monotonous seating and setting at the dining room table sometimes becomes the problem.   Changing the scenery can be a simple solution.  To change up the scenery, make arrangements to have a picnic dinner.  You can even play yard games like bocce ball or croquet for dinner and a game.  Gather on the patio to watch the sun set over a delicious home cooked meal, or plan a laidback feast to enjoy in the family room. Why not hold an outdoor Hawaiian luau, where the backyard is transformed into an island paradise with roasted pineapple, grilled food, and leis?   Weather outside not ideal for eating on the patio?  Throw a blanket on the living room floor and have an indoor picnic.  Changing the order of who sits where at the dining room table is another great way to mix things up.

There are many options to spice up your dinners.   And most involve taking very simple steps.  It just takes a little creativity and the whole family can help.  Overall, if you think coming up with your own creative meal ideas is hard, there are plenty of cooking resources and meal planners to consider. For example, to help cooks keep dinner interesting, culinary exploration reports offered at Menu Planning Central help add life, creativity, and imagination. Begin today by grabbing a free menu planning basics report at Meal Planning Central.

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7 Reasons Why Meal Planning Is A Great Idea

November 11, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Healthy Living No Comments →

Planning meals ahead of time is a great idea, since there are many benefits that come along with it. Meal planning affects many different aspects of life, including your time as well as your financial situation. No matter what situation one may be in, planning your meals ahead of time is always a good idea. Meal planning makes it possible for almost any size family to eat healthy meals everyday of the week on a budget.   It also gives you more time together as a family while spending less money.

Saves Time

Planning your meals ahead of time will save you a lot of time. When you visit your grocery store, take a list with you that shows everything you need for your weekly meals.  This way there will be no return visits to the grocery store for something you forgot, and you won’t waste any time deciding what you are going to have for dinner that night. Forgetting a key ingredient or having to fight in long lines at the grocery store can be very frustrating, but meal planning can completely eliminate that.   

Saves Money

Who doesn’t like to save money?  And if you can reduce the amount you spend on grocery bills, you can save it up for something really fun – like a special night out or a family vacation.  Meal planning saves anyone a significant amount of money, since meal planning is much cheaper than eating fast food. Also, since you will be bringing a shopping list with you to the grocery store, there will be no more impulse buys and wasted food.   We’ve all fallen victim to foods that we suddenly have a craving for when we are shopping only to get home and realize that we need other ingredients to turn it into a meal.  And having a shopping list will make it easier for you to clip coupons, since you know what you will be purchasing each week.  This means even more savings to you and your family.

Meal planning allows you to create a calendar of what you will have for dinner each night.  If you create a menu one month at a time, you can ensure that you aren’t having chicken nuggets five nights a week.  Have an overall calendar of meals will allow you to shop for foods when they are on sale and buy in bulk whenever possible.

Health

Planning out what you are going to cook for dinner will make it possible to ensure you are cooking a healthy meal every day of the week.  While eating out is convenient in our ever busy world, eating fast food or at restaurants is not nearly as healthy as cooking it at home.  This is largely due to the fact that you don’t have control over  what goes in those meals.   By preparing your own meals, you can choose healthy options, like baked chicken, and add any of your favorites for a side like a fresh green salad or steamed vegetables. Most boxed or frozen dinners contain a great amount of fat and sodium, but cooking the meal from scratch can eliminate them.   You control the flavor and the fat.  You can take steps to reduce the amount of fat by adding seasoning and spices to perk up the flavor.

Prevent Obesity

The rise of fast food chains in the world means that more people are becoming overweight and obese. Obesity can bring on many health issues, including heart or breathing problems. It is important to prevent a child from becoming overweight and teach them the importance of balanced meals.  Cooking homemade healthy meals can do this. When you plan out what you are going to make, you can be certain that it will be healthy for the entire family.   It allows you to have a better handle on the nutritional content of your meals.   You can also tailor it to each family member’s needs.  If there is someone who needs to watch their fat consumption, you can cook grill or broil instead of fry.  If there is someone that is trying to get more servings of vegetables in their diet, you can help by offering two veggies for side dishes.

Spending More Time With Your Family

Because planning out your meals gives you more time during the day, you can spend it doing something that really matters. Spending time with family should be the first thing on anyone’s priority list, and being able to spend more time with them is a wonderful perk to meal planning. You can use this time to either play with your children outside, or maybe talk with your spouse about their day at work.   With the time saved with meal planning, the family can enjoy a walk together after dinner, play yard games such as croquet or bocce ball, or compete in a board game night.  No matter how you use the time, it is special and necessary to keep a family running.   And when you kids are grown up and look back on their childhood, those will be the times they remember most fondly.  Just think about all the home cooked meals that you look back on warmly.  No one cooks it like mom does.

Teaching Essential Skills

By including children in the meal planning process, they can learn many skills that will carry with them into adulthood.   They can help to plan the meals, and learn about the different nutrition groups.   Learning how to assemble a balanced meal is a great skill to have.  Measuring different ingredients in the meals teaches children about fractions.   Younger kids can just play with the different kitchen utensils, which allows them to explore and learn about the huge world they have yet to explore and learn about. Spouses can get in on the fun, making it possible to bond with one another by cooking a meal for each other.   Meals where each person can individually tailor food to their liking, such as making your own pizzas or a taco bar, allow a great opportunity for the whole family to cook and learn together.

Reduces Stress

Our world is hectic.  We are being pulled in several different directions each day.  Because we live in a fast paced world, it is important to do everything possible to reduce your stress load.   We have enough stress with our every day lives without mealtime stressing us out.  Planning meals can reduce your stress since you won’t have to worry about everything that goes into making a meal for your family. As long as you bring your list to the store and buy everything on the list, you will be all set. You can choose to either visit the store each week or twice a month, rather than a million times like before. The increased time you have will allow you to relax more often, and even feel great when interacting with your children.  If you are enrolled in a food delivery service, having a handy list makes online shopping a breeze.  Have it with you when you log in to order food and you won’t have to worry about a thing.

As you can see, there are many benefits to meal planning.  From the ever crucial facts of saving money and eating healthier, to reducing stress and spending more time with your family.  Meal planning only takes a little extra effort.  And once you get the hang of it, it’ll become second nature and make you life so much easier.  You’ll be wondering why you hadn’t started meal planning earlier.  And will all the time and money you save you can spend on something that really matters – your family!

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Winter Exercise Tips

November 09, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Healthy Living 1 Comment →

It’s easy to find ways to exercise when it’s warm outside. You know how important is to exercise regularly. However, it’s not always easy to be active when the temperatures outdoors plummet.   Learn how to stay warm when exercising with these winter exercise tips and you will  be able to stay active all year long.

One way to stay active during colder months is to head to the gym. That is one option to consider but there’s no reason you can’t get outdoors to get your exercise. There are plenty of ways to stay warm while exercising in the crisp winter air.

When heading outside to exercise in cold weather you want to have several layers of clothing. Be sure to use fabrics which will wick the perspiration away from your skin closest to it. These would include silk, polyester, polypropylene and wool. You may think cotton would be the best choice, but it retains the moisture rather than moving it away from the skin.

Start out with thinner layers, then use a mid-weight layer and finish up with heavyweight fabrics. Choose how many layers and what thicknesses based on your expected activity level and the outside temperature.

Choose clothing which can be adapted while you’re exercising. Rather than taking clothing layers off you can wear jackets which you can unzip during your workout if you get too warm. Consider wearing a sweatshirt with a hood you can pull up when you need the extra warmth around your ears.

Your socks are as important as the rest of your clothing. Again, you may be tempted to use cotton socks but they will stay wet rather than wick the wetness away from your feet. If your feet remain damp, they’ll get cold and stay cold. Your best choice for socks is wool if you want your feet to stay warm and dry.

Be sure your hands and feet are warm and toasty before you go outdoors. You can do this by soaking them in hot water for a little while. When they’re suitably warm, remove them from the water, dry them well and then put your socks, shoes and gloves on.

Don’t forget about your head. Science has proven that your body loses the most heat from the head. You can always remove a hat if you get too hot.

Pay attention to the weather report prior to going outside to exercise. If the temperatures are very cold or there are strong winds, you might want to wait to go to the gym instead. Wind can greatly affect the ‘feels like’ temperatures.

If you’re a runner, try to start out heading into the wind. This will keep you from getting chilled on your way home. The wind will be at your back when your workout is over.

When you learn how to stay warm when exercising in cold weather, you’ll be motivated to continue. Use the winter exercise tips above and remember to stay hydrated and get something warm to drink when you get home. You’re doing a great thing by exercising even during the colder months; keep up the good work!

A Free Parent Guide to Battling the Bullying Epidemic

November 01, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Children No Comments →

Across the country there are thousands of students afraid to go to school. But it may not be for the reasons you think. These kids aren’t afraid of a teacher, they aren’t afraid because they are failing a class. They are afraid, because for some unknown reason, they are the sole target of a bully.

Bullying has always been around. It is as ancient as the history of the human race. Bullying today though, has taken on a new face. Bullies are now armed with not only a fresh mouth and a hard fist, but now have at their disposal an array of technological equipment to aid their bullying. Text messages that go viral, Facebook pages inundated with hate messages, phone calls from blocked numbers and sometimes entire websites dedicated to harassing one lonely person, are the tools of the new bully.

The two most common triggers for bullying are appearance and social status. Bullies choose their victims because they may be shy and quiet, or have frizzy hair that never looks right, or because they are of a different ethnicity than the bully. The reasons seem trite and infantile, and they are. The real reason bullies bully, is because they can, the reasons are nothing more than excuses to unleash their “power” on an unsuspecting victim. Bullies feed off of the reactions of their targets. The more upset the victim becomes, the more the bully feels fulfilled. Very seldom do bullies receive any consequences for their actions, as most victims of bullying are terrified of making it worse by getting parents or school authorities involved. Bullies even exist in the adult world, often teasing and threatening co-workers, making work more of a torture than it already is.

Bullying has started to come to the center of attention in many communities. National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week is held the first week of October and this year it has been expanded to encompass activities and education for the entire month. It is a week designed to raise awareness of bullying and the unseen damage that it can do to not only its victims, but also to the bully themselves. By talking about bullying and teaching all students to not tolerate a bully’s behaviour, we can keep our children safe and our schools a haven of learning instead of a place of fear.

 

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