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Any of us who were bullied as kids knew that any small movement could immediately put a target on your back. Even when you do the most minuscule thing, a bully will find a way to turn it on you.

u/i_breathe_chlorine asked:

What was the stupid reason you were bullied as a kid?

Here were some of those answers.

Manic Botanic


Some kids at my high school made fun of me for standing next to a tree. They usually just told me to kill myself and whatever but that girl screeching "Look at her! Standing next to a TREE!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!" really stands out and makes me laugh a tiny bit when I think about it. Weird stuff.


Bullied For Anything

At first until I was 8, they bullied me for not being able to keep up with reading.

Then I got glasses. They bullied me for that.

Then I found out that I actually liked reading, cause I could see the words now. They bullied me as soon as my reading level grade jumped above theirs.




In 6th grade, some *sshole called me a lesbian. Angered by it, I replied, "Well so are you!" The *sshole proceeded to go to the teacher and tell them I'd called them a lesbian.

Teacher sends me to the principal's office for calling a student a lesbian and my parents have to come in to meet with them and explain to me why that wasn't okay.

For the next couple days there were rumors going around that I was really a lesbian.

I'm a guy.


Llama Drama

I owned a Llama. Like they couldn't fathom the fact that I lived on a farm and the Llama broke the camels back. The flood gates opened and everyone on the bus just kept screaming at me about how stupid my sheep were. Screaming about the sheep and the goats and the llama.

It's not like I could control what my parents did. They were farmers who owned a farm.


Bone, No R

One time in the changing rooms after PE class when I was around 12 a guy tried to sack-tap me with the back of his hand and hit me on my pubic bone instead, hurting his hand. He put 2 and 2 together and got 15, deciding that what he had hit was not bone but rock hard boner. We were all in our underwear and I was very visibly but I still got relentlessly mocked for that and I have never forgotten the unjustified humiliation I received in that moment.


Mom Prices


I'm still so traumatized by having generic shoes in middle school that to this day I do not wear sneakers unless I'm running. I remember being in Sears and begging my mother for some $24 Reeboks. Not even cool ones, but they had the Reebok logo. Nope, she got me the $22 The Winners and called me shallow for caring what the other kids thought. But I didn't care what they thought, I just wanted to be left alone without hearing "hurr durr she got The Winners on" every day. We were poor, but not so poor that we couldn't spend an extra $2 on a pair of shoes I would have to wear every day for a year. Honestly, I don't even know who I'm more mad at.


Ahead Of The Curve

Because I loved Hello Kitty in middle school and everything I owned had that cat face on it and also I have to mention that Hello Kitty was not a thing back then in France so girls made fun of me.

But I would also like to mention that those b*tches became huge fans of Hello Kitty 4years later but spent way more money than me who bought my stuff real cheap thanks to my Asian Family.



My mom got "fired" at the school as the lunch lady for "parking in the wrong spot" and some other menial thing. The kids reminded me constantly that she was let go, which kind of hurt because I liked having my mom there. Come to find out they just weren't going to have her position the following year and through the grapevine, found out the new principal just didn't like her.


Capri Sun Fountain


I liked putting rubber bands around things. I put about 50 rubber bands around a juice box which was cool because it had extra grip and that was "extreme." (Think early 90s)

Anyway, I hadn't thought about pressure buildup so when I stabbed the straw through the foil, juice shot out like a geyser all over everyone at the lunch table. I was not popular.


Bye Bye Bully

Oh man, this thread is giving me so many horrible Ratatouille Anton Ego moments.

I was bullied mercilessly from roughly 6-8 years old. Mostly because it was a thing to do for the (sometimes much) older kids in my neighborhood. I was bullied because I had a yellow shirt once, which was apparently gay. I was bullied because I had "buck teeth" (just a kid growing into his teeth). I was punched in face because I looked up at the sky instead of looking at bullies, because I didn't want to make eye contact, which they made an excuse to hit me.

Anyway, one day I came home from school with a black eye, and my parents caught on. Two things happened. First, my mom, who happened to be friends with one of the bully's parents, went over to her house and unleashed holy hell. That bully's mom, in turn, basically threatened to skin her kid if he ever laid a hand on me again. That got rid of that particular bus stop bully problem.

Second, my dad told me that while I shouldn't initiate fights, it's OK to fight back if someone fights you. Well, in short order, I learned that I'm stubborn enough to be a fighter. Got me an OOS suspension for defending myself at recess but 10/10 would again.


We're all self-conscious about something, and it doesn't help when our faults get thrown in our faces. You don't want doctors hinting that something is "weird down there," nor do you want someone to tell you you're balding. WE KNOW.

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When you know your kids backwards and forwards, this is the best tool in your arsenal.

Getting our kids to listen to us is not always the easiest of tasks. They're willful and stubborn, but we've got a mighty weapon they are rarely prepared for: reverse psychology. Getting them to convince themselves to want to do something against their own initial intentions takes some work and a whole lot of creativity, but a little sneaky manipulation goes a long way. Here are some clever parents' tricks that are definitely worth taking notes on.

Redditor u/LeanderD Asks:

Parents of reddit, what's your best example of reversed psychology on your kids that actually worked?

He Floated His Idea Through A Back Channel


Wanted to name my boat. Anything I would think of was dismissed as stupid by my 13 year old son. After deciding on a name, I confided to a male friend my son liked. Made my friend suggest the name as though it was his idea. My son thought the name was perfect. Done.


We Always Want What We Can't Have

One of my best friends through childhood used to be punished with no salad if she misbehaved. She cherishes salad now and would always try to eat as much as possible during school lunch. Coincidentally, her now husband used to be punished with no books, it had the same effect. I think it's hilarious that they'd be hitting the salad bar and library like some black market their narc parents couldn't reach hahaha.


A Deceit That's A Cut Above The Rest


Don't know if this counts, but, at my high school (private, boys only) in the 1960's, they made a big deal about how long your hair was, and would occasionally order a boy to go home and "get a haircut".

I thought it was stupid, until years later, a master confided to me at a reunion that the policy was deliberate. The school figured we'd spend so much energy rebelling about hair length, that we would ignore other aspects of teenage rebellion. (Not?) Surprisingly, they were mostly right.


Damn! That's smart. Wow.


Oh they don't like long hair?

I'll show them. I'll grow my hair out as lon- what?! No I don't want to go "party"? I gotta try out this horse shampoo.


The Forbidden Book

Hi I was a victim,

There was a forbidden book that I was not allow to read on the shelf. My parents said I could only read it if I behave myself.

It was summer holidays and I was playing games all day (after 6 hrs of summer homework). One day I was home alone and had the opportunity to grabbed it. I read like half of it in one go. It was 5000 years of Chinese history.

Safe to say I was bamboozled.


Flowers Of The Queen

My parents always told me my broccoli were the flowers of the queen and that I really shouldn't eat them, or else the queen would get very upset! I, of course, ate the whole broccoli in a few seconds.


I'm telling the queen and she's gonna be pissed


Sleeping Beauty


I taught my kids when they were toddlers that no amount of yelling, shaking or hitting can wake a sleeping adult. The only thing that works is a gentle hug and/or a nice kiss on the cheek.

Edit: Probably needed some more details for the reverse psychology aspect to be clear. It went something like this - Step one, tell the kids I'm going to sleep and nothing they do will wake me (head buried face down is the safest position). Step two, after the initial onslaught dies down pretend to awaken on your own. Tell them you got a bit of nap left in you and nothing can wake you, especially not hugs and kisses.


Holy sh*t...if my daughter woke me up like this I would buy her a pony.


I am saving this comment because this will save lives if I ever have kids, stg.


A Walk In Someone Else's Shoes.

Split custody with my ex. When my son was around 10, he visited two weekends a month. I was waiting tables and didn't have a huge amount to spend, but he was so needy from divorce (and I'm not blaming him, it was ugly), he begged constantly for MORE when he was with me. Whatever more was, it didn't matter... he'd be eating ice cream cone and begging for teriyaki.

I finally realized that he just felt empty, and getting MORE whatever from me wasn't filling him up. His next visit I handed him $100 in cash and told him it was our food/fun budget for 3 days and two nights, and he was in charge of it. I bought him his own wallet to carry. We figured out how many times we were going to eat and what we were going to do, and he paid. He got to keep whatever money he had left...thought he was rich...then realized just how much everything cost. Well. Shoe on other foot then. If we had no money for food, we ate leftovers - and I didn't contribute more to pot. After a few weekends of running short or not getting something he actually wanted because he was foolish with funds, he started to really think about how to spend that money. He budgeted and kept to his budget. And a few times he actually went home with a little cash for his private stash.

Many years later, he thanked me for this. It really changed the way he thought about money and love.


This Is Worth Giving A Shot

Took my 3 year old son to one of those doctor's visits where he was going to get a shot. He was worried about the shot on the whole drive over, almost to the point of tears. We get to the doctor's office and a nurse subtly lets me know that my son is not just scheduled for 1 shot, but 5 of them in the same visit.

I turn to my son with an exaggerated smile and tell him, "Good news! They figured out how to take that one big shot you were going to get and instead break it up into these 5 little tiny shots so it won't hurt nearly as much!"

You could see the relief wash over his face. He stopped squirming and relaxed completely. He took the first shot and even smiled and said "It's true! The small ones don't hurt!"

We actually made it through the third shot before the effect wore off and reality kicked in. Still... I counted it as a victory.


Put This To The Taste


My mom would tell me she only lets me eat soup after candy and she'd only buy me candy that i didn't like. After a few times, i stopped trying and begged her to let me eat soup first. She gave me a smirk and told me go ahead. This doesn't sound as evil as it was. But trust me i suffered.


So what was the candy?


Mint chocolate, raisins, stuff like that. I still hate them to this day. Who the f--- thought while eating chocolate "hmm id like some tooth paste with this."


This is Truckin' Awesome

Mum had sworn a bit around the house.

When 4, while out at the supermarket, I said F word really loudly.

Very quickly and intently, she asked if I had just said "Truck" and said that was a bad word and not to ever say Truck like that again.

I thought that was the bad word so used that when being naughty.


The "Silly Mom" Routine

The "Silly Mom" routine.

My kid, and a few other kids I've known, would balk at getting ready to go. I'd grab their clothes and say, "Well, if you won't put on your clothes, I guess I'll put on your clothes. Cute shirt, by the way! Does it go on my foot?"


"Does it go on my head?"


"Oh, that's right, thanks! So, it must go on your legs, right?"


"I just can't figure this out! Where does this adorable shirt go?"

[kid grabs shirt and puts it on] ON MY TUMMY! SILLY MOM!

"Oh, thank you so much! Now what about these pants? Shirts go on tummies, so...the pants go on the tummy, too, right?"


[continue until kids have dressed themselves]

I would also do things like hand the kid my keys and say, "Alright, you're driving, I'll sit in the booster seat in back," attempt to feed the kid by putting a spoon up to his ear or his belly button, and attempt to put away his toys in the refrigerator.


Some Foot For Thought.


My mum would always yell at us "if you don't do X, you have to go to bed without socks!"

I never wore socks anyway, and I'm ashamed to admit that this worked.


That would work really well on my son, or make him cry for a really long time... He's 3 and over the last few weeks has decided that he is fully unable to sleep without socks on.


Toddlers man. Completely unpredictable.


I'm Greens With Envy

My mum had a friend that would put vegetables on her own plate and not the kids.

When the kids asked she would be reluctant to share, "that's grown up food. But I suppose I can let you have a little."

Her kids grew up loving vegetables.

I sat at the dinner table for 3 hours staring at the yucky cauliflower I refused to eat.


This reminds me of an instance when my child convinced my wife and myself to change our plans for dinner. We were in a grocery store to pick up something quick and easy to eat that we wouldn't have to prepare. Our daughter, wanted none of that, she demanded that she wanted a salad from the salad bar. We started to argue back, but then realized: "Our child demands that we feed her vegetables for dinner instead of a microwaved meal, why are we saying 'No?'"

We had salad for dinner that night.


The Power Of Choice

I don't so much know if you would call it reverse psychology, but I didn't realize it until my dad told me this.

When there were chores that needed doing, he noticed if he asked me to mow the lawn, I would complain and procrastinate. But if he asked would I rather mow the lawn or wash the windows, I'd pick one and just get it done.

Shattered my brain when he told me when I was in my twenties. I use it when I'm coaching or baby sitting all the time and it almost never fails.


The Boy Who Cried 'Ouch'


I've done this one with tens of kids. Any time a kid gets "hurt" (falls down on grass, gets gently hit in the face with a ball, etc.) instead of stopping the activity to pick the kid up and see if they're ok you just scoot them off to the side and resume. Within 10 seconds of not getting all the attention and seeing the fun is resuming they pop right back up and are magically healed.

This of course is only for the "injuries" that aren't actually injuries.


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