By Mike LaCrosse
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Over the last few months we’ve talked a lot about bullying in schools and on the Internet and the impact it has on children. Family time is an important component of trying to stem the tide of bullying.
Bully prevention expert Joe Wojcik, a.k.a. Joe The Biker of the Yubbie Foundation, says family time is key to making your kids comfortable with talking to you about problems in their lives especially bullying.
“It’s really about creating a channel of communication with their children, spending time with them, sitting down for supper together with them, discussing things in order to encourage that exchange,” said Wojcik.
Spending time and talking with your kids will build confidence and self-esteem which, Joe believes will lesson the impact of bullying.
More importantly Wojcik says family time creates a stronger family bond.
“The tools a child needs to combat bullying starts from early in life before they get into school,” said Wojcik.
The Stevenson family is concerned about bullying that’s why they set aside time each week for family bonding.
Eric and Brooke sit down with their young son and daughter no matter how busy they are: “Every week we take a day, an evening where we can just be together as a family no TV, no reading, no distraction it’s okay, it’s time to do activities together,” says Eric Stevenson.
The Stevenson’s hope by starting early on they will be able to mold their two kids who are both infants.
“With being moldable early on in life if they every single week know okay this night we are with our family then they have just grown up with that they just thinks that how it is, ” said Brooke Stevenson.