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Practice Makes Perfect Sense

Bullying

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Practice makes perfect unfortunately sometimes.  People continue to think that obsessive preoccupation with playing violent video games is harmless because you don’t actually hurt someone and you get your aggression out.  As long as you fill your mind up with something and frequently rehearse doing it in your head, you will be more likely to do it in real life.  Bullying is like this.  Kids observe other kids doing this and it seems like fun and if you do it to someone else first than you will be less likely to be a victim.  Observation has shown you being a victim of bullying is no fun.  Sometimes it even generates laughter and favorable attention for the bully.  If you can’t beat them join them.  Young victims of sexual abuse may also go on to do it to other children.  Sometimes people go from being the victim to becoming the aggressor.

Practice makes perfect with manners.  Small children easily pick up manners when they have them modeled for them by adults and are encouraged to use them themselves.  “Please,” “Thank you,” and “You are welcome,” are encouraging to hear toddlers using in everyday life and help them to realize that people don’t demand things from others and when you give someone something,  you should do so graciously.  These same children that I have observed in real life are also being taught to share and to say, “I’m sorry,” when it is appropriate.  Initially these things have to be modeled for them and they have to be prompted to do them; but then later they occur spontaneously.  Children can learn to respect the feelings of others and in turn have their feelings respected by others.

practicemakesPractice makes perfect; but be careful what you practice doing.  This is how bad habits are made.  This is easily observable in people who use cuss words.  After so much repetitive use, these words come easily out of the person’s mouth.  Parents often realize this about themselves when they first have a young child who mimics everything they say.

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