Not all unkindness is bullying
A recent article in the Washington Post addresses issues related to bullying, and suggests the term is widely used as a default description for all sorts of negative behaviour or interactions.
While not diminishing the effects of genuine bullying behaviour on the victim, in the article author and teacher Braden Bell suggests that parents and teachers can reframe experiences to give children a chance to develop awareness and strategies to counter negative, rude or thoughtless behaviour.
Children can work through challenges and understand complex relationships if adults respond in a thoughtful way and discuss what children’s options are.
The article reinforces many of the social competency strategies widely used by early childhood teachers.
Here’s a link to the full article.