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I want to share a story of how I felt so guilty of being a bully without knowing that I was doing so, until the student cried out, and told me how she always felt hurt by my actions, then I had to ask for her forgiveness. But with my very innocent face no one would have known that I was a bully I myself did not even know the pain I had caused, which makes me feel bad when I remember it.

Now let us define bullying so that you can understand my story when I tell it.

Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words, or more subtle actions.

To explain further what bullying is I will share a story that shows how we generally see bullying and a common event that often is associated with it.

Once upon a time, there was a young girl named Sarah who had just started a new school. She was shy and quiet, but she was excited to make new friends and start fresh in a new environment. However, things took a turn for the worse when she caught the attention of a group of girls who were known for being bullies.

From the moment Sarah arrived at school, she was targeted by some group of girls. They would make fun of her clothes, her hair, and her quiet demeanor. They would push her in the hallways, spread rumors about her, and even steal her lunch money. Sarah tried to ignore them and stay strong, but their constant harassment began to take a toll on her mental and emotional well-being.

Despite her best efforts to avoid the bullies, they seemed to always find a way to make her life miserable. Sarah felt isolated and alone, unsure of who to turn to for help. She was too afraid to speak up and too ashamed to admit what was happening to her.

One day, things came to a head when the bullies cornered Sarah in the schoolyard and began to taunt her relentlessly. Sarah felt tears welling up in her eyes as she tried to defend herself, but the girls just laughed and continued their cruel behavior. Just when Sarah thought she couldn't take it anymore, a group of students who had witnessed the bullying stepped in to intervene.

The students stood up to the bullies, telling them that their behavior was unacceptable and that they needed to leave Sarah alone. The bullies recoiled in surprise at the unexpected outpouring of support for Sarah, realizing they had been exposed for their cruel behavior.

Sarah discovered a group of real friends that stood by her side and helped her get through her tough moments from that day on. She discovered that there were people who were concerned about her well-being and that she did not have to suffer in silence. The bullies were eventually held accountable for their actions and forced to apologize to Sarah for the pain they had caused.

People should always be reminded by Sarah's story that bullying is never acceptable and that victims are always welcome to receive support. It also demonstrates the effectiveness of kindness and cooperation in stopping bullying and fostering an atmosphere that is secure and encouraging for all.

Now back to my own story because we sometimes always fail to look back into our lives to check if we are guilt of any habit whether good or bad.

I had a classmate who had a small stature, and so everyone in class looked down on her, she used to seat in front of my own desk and I would pass through her to get to my desk, whenever I needed something to be passed to the front or backwards by her, I would just tell her to do it, in fact I will command her to do it, because I was talking to her like she was my junior and not my mate, I didn't know this hurt her because she expected me as a Christian to act better and not like the rest of the students, so when she opened up and confronted me about it, I felt so bad and pleaded with her to forgive me and she did.

Let us understand that bullying happens every day when you don't treat someone with respect and love. It happens between siblings, friends and couples, and if this is not controlled from childhood it can lead to building abusive marriages that later lead to divorce and having children from broken homes.

Let us know if you have experienced bullying and how you overcame it and your advice to those that bully others.

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Culture plays a pivotal role in shaping the character of a child because it provides the context in which children develop their values, beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes. Here are several reasons why culture is important in character development:

1. Identity Formation: Culture helps children understand who they are and where they come from. It provides a sense of belonging and a foundation for personal identity. When children are connected to their cultural heritage, they have a stronger sense of self.

2. Values and Morality: Culture instills values and moral principles in children. Cultural norms and beliefs often dictate what is considered right or wrong, and children internalize these values as they grow, guiding their ethical decision-making.

3. Social Norms and Behaviors: Culture defines acceptable social behaviors, manners, and customs. Children learn how to interact with others, resolve conflicts, and show respect based on cultural norms.

4. Worldview and Perspective: Cultural diversity exposes children to different worldviews and perspectives. This broadens their understanding of the world and encourages them to appreciate and respect different ways of life.

5. Language and Communication: Language is a key component of culture, and it shapes how children communicate and express themselves. A child's language and communication skills are heavily influenced by their cultural context.

6. Tolerance and Empathy: Exposure to diverse cultures fosters tolerance and empathy in children. It helps them appreciate the experiences and struggles of others, promoting a more inclusive and compassionate character.

7. Heritage and Traditions: Cultural traditions and rituals provide a sense of continuity and connection with the past. Children who participate in cultural traditions often develop a deeper appreciation for their heritage and the importance of preserving it.

8. Critical Thinking and Open-mindedness: Encountering different cultural perspectives encourages children to think critically and approach challenges with an open mind. They learn to analyze different viewpoints and adapt to changing situations.

9. Resilience and Adaptability: Cultural experiences teach children resilience and adaptability. They learn to navigate and thrive in different environments, which can strengthen their character by fostering problem-solving skills and flexibility.

10. Community and Social Responsibility: Culture often emphasizes community and social responsibility. Children learn the importance of contributing to the well-being of their community and the broader society.

11. Cultural Literacy: Understanding one's culture and the cultures of others is a form of cultural literacy. It equips children with the knowledge and skills needed to interact effectively in a diverse world.

In essence, culture provides the foundational principles that shape a child's character, influencing how they interact with the world and how they make ethical decisions. Cultural experiences foster a more well-rounded and empathetic individual, helping children develop into responsible, respectful, and open-minded members of society.

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Navigating life can be challenging for a teenager.

As a teenager, you are coming to terms with how to live in the real world.

You are faced with the realities of life.

Everything seems new to you.

Most times coping feels unattainable.

When the pressures of this world starts to get a hold of you, negativity crawls in like a thief in the night. You start doubting yourself, trying to fit in, or feeling not enough. This is when it's important to build self-confidence.

Being confident in yourself can help you attain heights and achieve your dreams. A self-confident teen is happy and full of life. While a less confident one succumbs to depression and low self-esteem.

In this post, I'll be outlining positive affirmations for teens that can help you build your self-confidence. You can incorporate this into your daily routine and manifest the life you deserve.

Ready to get started?

Let's begin

What is Positive Affirmation?

Before we look at examples of positive affirmations, let's understand what it means. Positive Affirmations are short sentences or phrases that help us manifest what we want. They can help you battle negative thoughts and poor self-image.

When you say these words to yourself daily and believe in them, you will start transitioning to what you want to be. Positive Affirmations not only boost your confidence but also calms your nerves, make you feel at peace with yourself, readjust your mind and increase your self-worth.

Positive Affirmations are used effectively for the following:

  • Improve your self-esteem.

  • Boost your productivity.

  • Complete your projects.

  • Sleep better.

  • Conquer bad habits.

  • Develop positive thoughts.

  • Build your self-confidence.

Examples of Positive Affirmations to boost your


  • I am choosing to be kind.

  • I am strong and capable

  • I believe in myself.

  • I am amazing and awesome.

  • I don't compare myself to others.

  • I can achieve my dreams.

  • I can do whatever I set my heart to do.

  • I am enough.

  • I am destined to be great.

  • I deserve to be happy.

  • I am loved.

  • Many people care more about me than I realize.

  • I like the person I am becoming.

  • I radiate kindness to everyone.

  • I am unique, talented, and creative.

  • I have all the resources I need to succeed.

  • I choose to love myself unconditionally.

  • No matter my age, I am worthy of respect and love.

  • I am open to all the wisdom the earth has to offer.

  • I am empowered to be a better version of myself.

  • I accept myself as I am.

  • My light cannot be diminished.

  • I should not disclose everything about myself on social media.

  • I can say no if I want to.

  • I am worthy.

  • I am beautiful the way I am.

  • I am where I should be.

  • My mistakes don't define me.

  • I am uniquely beautiful.

  • I stand out in everything I do.

  • I am unstoppable, and there's nothing I can't do.

  • I have a charming mind, heart, and soul.

  • I will not settle for mediocrity.

  • I am brave and smart.

  • I love myself.

Best Practise:

Pick your favorite words from these statements and recite them daily. You can do this twice a day; when you wake up and before you go to bed. You can also recite these words before a presentation or task.

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