Amy Jones Anichini, Founder of Egg-Free Epicurean, and her daughter Chase have published a book for children about overcoming bullying. Chase (who happens to have life-threatening allergies to peanuts, tree nuts and eggs) was the target of emotional bullying for 2 years. The book is based on her experiences: she developed a strategy for dealing with bullies, and she wanted to share it with other kids and their parents.
Here is a brief description from Amazon.com:
Meet Scarlett Jones – a third grader who went from bullying victim to victor over her bullies. And how did she do this? By turning her encounters with bullies into a game! Now, she wants to teach you how to play.
“Baffle That Bully!” is a way of maintaining your cool while distracting bullies, throwing them off their game, and putting them in a game where you make the rules. The result: bullies decide for themselves to leave you alone, because it’s no longer fun to pick on you.
Scarlett introduces 3 steps to playing “Baffle That Bully!” for your child to follow every single time someone is “mean” to him/her. Then she walks your child through several situations (“Scarlett Jones’ Encounters With Bullies”) and explains how she applied the 3 steps to remain calm while throwing the bullies off of their well-rehearsed tactics. Scarlett demonstrates how to successfully Baffle YOUR Bully.
But the book is about more than that. It’s also about being the keeper of your own feelings and not letting other people bring you down, no matter how hard they try.
Our hope is that, while teaching your child how to “Baffle That Bully!” he/she will not only distract the bully from their well-rehearsed tactics but will also gain confidence. That confidence and sense of self-worth could help your child handle just about any unpleasant situation.
“Baffle That Bully!” is available from Amazon.com for Kindle and downloadable reading apps (the apps are free!) You can click the cover image above to go to Amazon’s site.
One final thought: Since many of you who follow our posts are connected to the food-allergic community, we want to mention that although Chase has severe food allergies, she chose not to make her character Scarlett food-allergic. Chase wanted her message to reach kids who are being bullied for any reason, including (but not limited to) kids who are being picked on because they have food allergies.