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During my elementary and high school years I moved upwards of twenty times. I was the perpetual new kid who was also too tall, poor and gifted – a walking target.
Looking back, I can see how I was awkward to connect with. I was embarrassingly passionate about music and fashion. By the second grade I was endlessly studying pop stars and celebrities. Translating their looks from thrift store finds in the morning before school. I would obsess over teenagers I saw at the mall or on the street and scan them for style trends.
In my family’s home, Rock and Roll was like religion. I was introduced to groundbreaking artists as they emerged. Artists like the B-52’s, the Pretenders, and U2. There weren’t a lot of four-year-olds that could sing you Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics verse for chorus.
I was a weird little kid, and I knew it.
When groups of girls bullied me, I was devastated but I wasn’t surprised. After brief residencies at a couple different schools, I realized that kids everywhere were pretty much the same… and I was not. I expressed my devastation by withdrawing and losing trust in innocent friendly gestures.
Before reading Pamela Price’s new book, Gifted, Bullied, Resilient: A Brief Guide for Smart Families, I would reflect on that time and have no idea what could’ve helped. It also made it difficult to know if I was effectively supporting my students when they shared their experiences of bullying.
After reading Pamela’s book, now I know I needed two things as a child.
- Caring adults who listened without judgment and supported without caveats.
- Skills for processing my own intensity, complexity, and drive.
I also have a better understanding of how to speak with families about the impact of bullying and how they can embody resilience for their children.
The book is pleasurable to read and informative, a rare and delightful combination. I’m honored to count Pamela as a friend; I know first-hand how much of her heart is in this book. I watched as she scoured the research, sought out experts, and compassionately sat with families who were coping with the effects of bullying.
Read this book. It’s hard for me to imagine a person who hasn’t had experience with bullying. If you haven’t, you certainly care about someone who has. The strategies in this book and the low-cost suggested resources will help you be a better friend, parent, and teacher.
Pamela Price’s second book—Gifted, Bullied, Resilient: A Brief Guide for Smart Families, is available now on Amazon. You can find Pamela at RedWhiteandGrew.com, Twitter (@RedWhiteandGrew), Pinterest, and Facebook.com/RedWhiteandGrew.
Click here to purchase Gifted, Bullied, Resilient: A Brief Guide for Smart Families.