Timothy Smith, also known as the Parents Coach, says raising nice kids may be more dangerous than you think.
“Nice is good, but it’s not good enough. In fact, the Old English definition for nice means well-mannered and nice appearance, but ignorant, from the Latin word not knowing,” Smith says.
As parents, if we are trying to raise our kids to be nice, are we failing them?
“We’re probably not developing the kind of kid we want to launch into the world, one who is more capable and courageous and has more resilience.”
In the situation of bullying, a nice child would simply walk away and avoid a fight. While this is good advice, there are times where a boundary needs to be set. There are some internal skills that kids need that will make them capable and give them the backbone to make them bully-proof.