Life Strategies for Dealing with Bullies

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"Every day after that, Danny does something to frighten Craig....Craig is smaller and far too scared to tell even his parents, let alone his teachers. He is miserable. And every day, Danny tries harder to make it worse."

On the internet, on playgrounds, and in schools across the country, thousands of elementary and middle school kids are picked on, teased, and harassed by bullies. It's something that can jeopardize a child's development — ...

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"Every day after that, Danny does something to frighten Craig....Craig is smaller and far too scared to tell even his parents, let alone his teachers. He is miserable. And every day, Danny tries harder to make it worse."

On the internet, on playgrounds, and in schools across the country, thousands of elementary and middle school kids are picked on, teased, and harassed by bullies. It's something that can jeopardize a child's development — unless they have the tools to help stop bullying in its tracks.

In Jay McGraw's Life Strategies for Dealing with Bullies, McGraw helps kids identify potentially harmful situations and deal with bullies through tips, techniques, and examples that apply to real-life situations. Jay doesn't just speak about the bullies — he also speaks to the bullies themselves to help them change their ways.

Jay takes a no-nonsense approach to bullying and the ways readers can handle it. This timely and much-needed book will be the tool kids across the country can use to stop being victims — and take back the power in their lives.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Pam Carlson
McGraw provides sound techniques for dealing with bullies, repeatedly emphasizing that the victim never deserves such treatment. He defines a variety of methods used by bullies that range from inflicting physical pain to verbal abuse and anonymous online attacks. Readers are warned that the effects of being bullied can last long into adulthood and that the soundest healing will come from implementing the most difficult suggestion of all - forgiving their tormentors. For assistance in doing so, reasons - not excuses - are provided for the possible motivations behind a bully's actions. Although the advice is practical and written directly to a junior high level audience, with just a couple of notes of condescension, it is difficult to imagine a teen seeking out this book on his or her own. Journaling exercises are also included, but how many teens would be willing to put their experiences into writing despite the catharsis that results? McGraw maintains a level of optimism that bullies can be dealt with, which should be an encouragement to sufferers and parents. His advice might best be used by sensitive parents, teachers, or even librarians seeking to help possible victims without further complicating their lives. Pen-and-ink cartoonish illustrations lighten the mood of a serious problem. Reviewer: Pam Carlson
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Bullying has been on the increase in schools for some time and some adults are taking a more proactive stance against it. This book, written by the son of talk show psychologist Dr. Phil, is a no nonsense discussion for preteens about dealing with bullying. With an introduction by Dr. Phil, the book defines bullying and e-bullying, as well as discussing why kids bully, the damage it can do, taking on bullies, educating parents, and what schools can do to discourage it. The author speaks directly to teens in a kid-friendly tone with some repetition of ideas to help them stick. It is an approach that puts responsibility on the individual to deal with the situation. Exercises at the end of each chapter help to solidify the important points as well as provide a brief summary. Occasional black-and-white illustrations add interest. The book is perfect for the school counselor to use in instructing classes of teens dealing with these issues. Above all, a school climate that has zero tolerance for this behavior is a must. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416974734
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 682,817
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay McGraw is executive producer of The Doctors, as well as president and CEO of Los Angeles-based Stage 29 Productions. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Ultimate Weight Solution for Teens: The 7 Keys to Weight Freedom; Life Strategies for Teens; and Closing the Gap: A Strategy for Bringing Parents and Teens Together. McGraw is a regular contributor on the Dr. Phil show and has also been featured as a teen expert on Larry King Live and the Today show. McGraw earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University and is a graduate of the University of Texas, where he received a BS in psychology. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Erica.

Steve Björkman has illustrated more than eighty books for children, including the New York Times bestseller Dirt on My Shirt by Jeff Foxworthy. He also creates greeting cards with his brother through Recycled Paper Greetings. Steve lives in California with his wife and three children. You can visit him online at

"Dr. Phil" (Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.) is the host of America’s number-one daytime talk show and is perhaps the most well-known expert in the field of psychology and human functioning in the world today. In his 16th year on television and his 11th year of the Dr. Phil show, he has devoted his international platform to delivering common sense information to individuals and families seeking to improve their lives. Passionately pursuing such topics as family functioning, domestic violence, anti-bullying, addiction and the myths of mental illness, he works tirelessly both on and off the air. Dr. Phil has carried his message from the senate chambers of Washington, D.C. to the suburbs and inner cities across America. He and Robin, his wife of 38 years and counting, along with their "wonder dog," Maggie, reside in Southern California, as do his two sons, Jordan and Jay, along with daughter-in-law, Erica, and two grandchildren, Avery Elizabeth and London Phillip.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    Class Requirement

    This book was a requirement for my online communications class and it helped give insight into bullying within children and how to overcome it with the help of adults. It was definitely a very helpful book and I learned a few things outside of what was required for class as well.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 29, 2014

    Glosslight to all looking for main camp

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  • Anonymous

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    Map of JayClan

    Description of Territory: <br> A grassy clearing in the middle of the forest. Brambles and thorns surround most of the camp, ideal for defending against attacking Clans and predators. Forming a sort of 'U' shape, the dens go around with the High-Log directly ahead of the entrance. Next to the High-Log is the leader's den on the right side, elder's den on the left, and so on, with the apprentices' den closest to the entrance. Off to the side is the Medicine Cat den, a small burrow in the ground with plenty of paces to store herbs, seeds, and other things. Outside of camp, there is the forest, Sunningrocks, river, meadow, Abandoned Twolegplace, Thunderpath, and the Twolegplace. With plenty of good places to hunt and perfect weather, this is the perfect spot for a Clan. <p> Map: <br> Res two: Main Camp. <br> Res Three: Leader's Den. (If you're locked out or need to talk to either myself (Wolfpelt) or Silverstar (when she gets back), post there.) <br> Res Four: Elder's Den. (If your elder is tired or something, post where you are in the main camp and post in the den as well.) <br> Res Five: Nursery. (Kits and queens post there.) <br> Res Six: Warrior's Den. (Make a nest there. If your cat is tired, post something in the main camp like "Feathertail is in the Warrior's Den," and then post there.) <br> Res Seven: Apprentices' Den. (You know the drill.) <br> Res Eight: Patrol Organization. <br> Res Nine: Forest, good prey. <br> Res Ten: The Sunningrocks, good prey. <br> Res Eleven: The river. Apprentices not allowed there without a Warrior. <br> Res Twelve: Meadow, good prey. <br> Res Thirteen: Abandoned Twolegplace, beginning of border. Apprentices not allowed there without a Warrior. <br> Res Fourteen: Thunderpath, border. Apprentices not allowed there without a Warrior. <br> Res Fifteen: Edge of forest, beginning of Twolegplace, border. Apprentices not allowed there without a Warrior. <br> Res Sixteen: Twolegplace. No cat is allowed there under ANY circumstances. <p> Border Patrols go to places with "Border" in them, Hunting Patrols go to paces with "Good Prey" on them. <br> May JayClan succeed! <br> ~Wolfpelt

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