Jay McGraw's Life Strategies for Dealing with Bullies

Life Strategies for Dealing with Bullies Jay McGraw
Life Strategies for Dealing with Bullies.

The Bottom Line

Jay McGraw's Life Strategies for Dealing with Bullies is a must-have for your family library. It's useful information on how to empower oneself against bullies is invaluable. Get this book, read it, get your kids to read it and share your thoughts on its important points during your next family night.


  • Book is broken into sections that make for easy comprehension of tough topics.
  • Love the journal excercises.
  • Accepts that bullying is a complicated issue with no simple answers.


  • Repeats certain points until they become mundane, but it gets the point across.
  • Needs to address what a child should do if adults are apathetic.


  • Goes into detailed focus on how bullies are made.
  • Explains to kids the real damage a bully can do, beyond the physical hurt.
  • Gives kids ways to fight back without fighting.
  • Chapter, No Innocent Bystanders, is useful in teaching groups of kids & teens about taking a proactive approach to bullying.
  • Questions help teens reflect on whether they have ever bullied and for what reasons.
  • Chapter summaries are useful for remembering all that was talked about in the chapter.
  • The questions in the exercises could lead to meaningful family discussions.

Guide Review - Jay McGraw's Life Strategies for Dealing with Bullies

I find this is a great preventative book that should be read by all older kids, teens and their parents.

The strategies discussed in the book are well worth learning and implementing whether your child is being bullied right now or just for learning how to deal with difficult people in their lives.

That said, I don't agree all of the strategies in the book as I don't believe that kids should try and solve a bully problem on their own by engaging the bully in conversations, even if friends are around.

I strongly believe that once someone is physically hurt by a bully, adults need to be a part of the solution.

All in all a good book to get the topic of bullying out in the open in your home with your kids.

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