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Bullying, Children, Communication, Parents and Teachers, Confidence, Empowerment, Respect

Bully Proof
The Gift of Self-Esteem
by Chris Leigh-Smith

We have all been affected by violence, intimidation, and bullying to some degree. Children are especially vulnerable to the lasting pain and trauma of these experiences. When we give them the tools and understanding to become assertive and self-aware, however, bullying can become a blessing in disguise: a powerful opportunity for personal growth.

Choosing to respond to bullying mindfully, in spite of their fears, is the beginning of a journey into true freedom. We can coach our children awareness of bullying dynamics, and teach them the social and emotional skills to thrive in a world where bullies have always existed. With our help, our children can develop the confidence, courage, and knowledge to alter their experiences and excel in life.

Bully Proof, The Gift of Self-Esteem provides parents, educators, and coaches with concepts and practical strategies to help guide children on the path to letting go of fear and embracing personal growth, inviting the reader on a journey of self-leadership that goes way beyond being competent with bullies; it shows us how to build a foundation for peace and happiness.

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Chris Leigh-Smith was a vice principal and teacher in high-needs schools where intimidation tactics and violence, both verbal and physical, were normal behaviors. Much of his time was spent coaching and counselling children and their parents, passing on knowledge, life skills, and strategies to create empowerment. Chris considers these students his greatest teachers. This book is based on material from workshops he currently teaches to parents and children, and has emerged from their growth together. Chris lives in Calgary with his wife and best friend Emiko, with whom he works closely every day. Chris is the owner of The Tao of Peace Martial Arts and Life Skills school where the concepts and strategies described in this book are used on a daily basis. He is happiest surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and friends. He believes that relationships characterized by unconditional love and acceptance give life purpose and imparts the energy to live fully.

Look for the next book in our series: Peaceful Parenting, Confident Children.


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