My Bullying Story: What I Learned From My Bullies

Have you been bullied as a child? Many people I know have stories about bullying. It’s almost like a rite of passage amongst school aged children. Part of me didn’t even want to write this post but I think this topic is an important one. Plus I’ll be able to share my story with you.

What is a Bully?

A bully is someone who does the following:(Source: Stop Bullying.gov)

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

This could happen to adults too.

My Story

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Why I Left My Teaching Job to Become A Stay-At-Home Mom

Prior to becoming a mom, I used to be a first grade teacher. I taught for 14 years and for the most part- loved it. I wouldn’t say I loved every minute of it. If we’re being honest here and if you’re a teacher, you know what I’m talking about. But I did enjoy it and found great joy and fulfillment in it. I knew that once I became a mom, I would have to make a decision of whether to continue teaching or become a stay-at-home mom.

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So why did I leave my job if I loved it? Why did I decide to become a stay-at-home mom? There were many reasons so I’ll try to explain a few of the top reasons why I left my teaching job to become a stay-at-home mom. View Post

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What You Need to Know About Advanced Maternal Age

This post is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Orange County but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

What do you have in common with Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Drew Barrymore, and Halle Berry? If you’re a woman who has had a baby after the age of 35, then you’re in the same company as these celebrities who were all Advanced Maternal Age moms.

I was able to chat with Dr. Johanna Dubyak of Kaiser Permanente Orange County on the topic of Advanced Maternal Age (AMA), what it is, the risk factors associated with it, and some positives about it.

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Do You Have Anxiety and What To Do To Get Help

This post is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Orange County but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The holidays are behind us and most of us are starting the new year with goals and resolutions. There’s usually excitement, anticipation and hope for a better year once January hits. But what about for those who don’t have a rosy outlook on life. Those who are shrouded in a cloud of depression and anxiety?

If you google Postpartum Depression, you will find a lot of articles about it but there doesn’t seem to be as much about Postpartum Anxiety. It involves feelings of worry about your child’s well being that are usually unfounded.

I was able to speak with Dr. Elsa Lee of Kaiser Permanente Orange County to help shed some light on anxiety and when to seek help. View Post

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How a Stay-at-Home-Mom Should Manage Stress

This post is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Orange County but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Being a stay-at-home-mom can be such a rewarding experience but there’s also a lot of stress that can come with it. Now, if you’re not a mom or if you work outside of the home, you might wonder what kinds of things a stay-at-home-mom could possibly get stressed out about. They seem to have the life- not having to work and staying home. How much stress could they possibly experience? I used to think the same thing- that they had it made until I become a mom and made the choice to stay home with A. This isn’t to say that there’s anything wrong with those that work or those that choose to not have kids. I’m not minimizing their level of stress but the kinds of stress a stay-at-home-mom experiences is quite different than someone who works outside the home. View Post

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