Book Title: Sophia Writes to Her Bully by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton, with Leah N. Peyton and Jada L. Peyton
Illustrator: Andy Hoang
Category: Children's fiction, 24 pages
Genre: Education, Social Skills & School Life
Release date: February 21, 2017
Tour dates: Oct 8 to 26 2018
Content Rating: G
Sophia experiences verbal and social (also referred to as relational) bullying from her classmates during recess. Whenever Sophia attempts to play with a group of students from her fourth-grade class, she is rejected; Amber also calls her an inappropriate name. Only when Sophia takes action by confronting her bully with a letter does her victimization finally end. Want to know what Sophia was being called and how her classmates treated her? Read Sophia Writes to Her Bully and find out what her letter is all about!
Social exclusion is a form of bullying experienced by some children. When it occurs, they feel isolated, alone, and humiliated. It is important for parents to be informed and talk with their children about all types of bullying (e.g., verbal, physical, social/relational, and cyberbullying) so they are better equipped to intervene or prevent their child from bullying others or being a victim of bullying.
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Meet the Author:
Dr. Mildred Peyton is the President and Founder of Peyton Consulting, LLC. Dr. Peyton established her consulting firm, which was initially geared towards school bullying services, in March 2016. She was inspired to create Peyton Consulting and become a children's author on bullying after completing her doctoral research study entitled, "Exploring the Meaning of School Bullying Among Parents of Victimized Children."
During her undergraduate internship in 2002-2003 at Salisbury Middle School in Wicomico County, Dr. Peyton and her team developed and facilitated a mentoring program, providing one-on-one conflict resolution and mediating skills to students who were identified by the program coordinator with ongoing needs of behavioral issues. One of the key/primary areas Dr. Peyton and the other mentors focused on was educating and addressing bullying issues with bullies and victims. And in her graduate program, Dr. Peyton also facilitated a school bullying focus group in 2005 at Maryvale Elementary School in Montgomery County, to teach participants about bullying behaviors and how to avoid bullying others. She also attended several bullying workshops to learn about the latest studies while working with the students. Her passion on this topic followed her even as she served as a member on the Committee on Hate/Violence at Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, in 2013. There she developed a brochure for students and parents for the annual bullying symposium and, provided rich knowledge and skills on this topic throughout the year.
Today, the company has expanded its services to target workplace bullying as well. With the experiences of others and Dr. Peyton's personal experience with adult bullying in the workplace (which caused her to resign from her employer in 2016), she believes attention, guidance, and solutions are also critical in this area. Dr. Peyton holds a Ph.D. in Human and Social Services with a concentration in Social Policy Analysis & Planning. She has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Sociology and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Peyton is committed to using her knowledge and skills to influence positive change among students and adults.
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Common Signs Your Child Is Being Bullied
There are common signs that indicate a child may be experiencing bullying. These signs are usually misinterpreted or overlooked by most parents, especially when their child has not communicated their thoughts or feelings to the parents. Some children are afraid to share their concerns with their parents or a trusted adult, as they fear the problem will worsen. That's why recognizing the signs of bullying will save time and, eliminate some of the guesses that may sometimes be associated with a child who has encountered bullying.
If you're a parent or guardian, it is essential to be knowledgeable of the signs of bullying, so you're prepared to help your child if they are being bullied.
When a child is being bullied, he or she is intentionally harassed or assaulted by their peers (or sometimes even by an adult). Most victims suffer physically, emotionally, and mentally as a result of this negative behavior. Without the right resources and support systems in place, it's possible to notice the following signs of a child who is bullied:
- Physical complaints such as random/sudden
headaches and stomachaches
- Frequent visits to the school nurse's offices
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite/Change in eating habits
- Afraid to go to school or ride the school bus
- Unexplained physical marks, cuts, bruises, etc.
- Missing or damaged toys, school supplies,
lunches, money, clothing, etc.
- Poor academic performance
-Begins bullying siblings (especially younger siblings)
- Isolation from family and friends
- Self-destructive and suicide ideations
- Clingy; afraid to be alone
- Low self-esteem
Of course, these symptoms may also indicate other problems. However, a good starting point to determine what may be the cause of your child's symptoms is to ask them if they're being bullied.
By: Dr. Mildred Peyton
Sophia Writes to Her Bully is a wonderful and relatable book for school age children. Sophia experiences rejection from her fellow classmates at school. She wants to be friends with them and play with them. However, she is heartbroken when Amber is verbally not so nice to her. My heart breaks with her. As a mom of a fourth grader, I wanted to cry for her. She goes home upset and tells her mom what happened. This is when Sophia’s mom suggests writing Amber a letter and to let her know how her mean actions are affecting her. What does this letter say? Will Amber be nicer or continue to bully Sophia after reading the letter.
Sophia Writes to Her Bully is one children’s book that I believe every parent should give to their children. It would be a perfect opportunity for a parent and child to discuss what happens to Sophia and possibly even discuss their own issues dealing with a bully. Also, it gives them a chance to discuss how Sophia dealt with it and see how it helped in the end.
Sophia Writes to Her Bully includes wonderful illustrations. They are beautiful and colorful that children would find appealing. I personally enjoyed them myself.
In addition to the story, Sophia Writes to Her Bully includes at the end of the book, the following:
An in depth definition of bullying
Facts about bullying
Tips for students, parents, and school personnel how to deal with bullying
Resources for those who have experienced bullying that parents can use
I am highly recommending Sophia Writes to Her Bully for all parents and their young children. I believe many would find this book relatable and useful. I will be donating my copy to my children’s school library so others in their school to read it, as well.
I give Sophia Writes to Her Bully a well deserved five plus stars.
I received this book from the author. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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