Welcome To The Rainbow House
Prevention • Intervention • Advocacy • End Abuse
OUR AGENCY MISSION STATEMENT
We believe: No one deserves to be abused be it emotionally, physically, or sexually. Our prime service is the safety and empowerment of all victims and their children.
We Will: Provide prevention, education, and information to communities, families, and schools.
It’s hard to believe, but summer has already wound down and your children have returned back to school. Heading back to school can be a very exciting time of year for kids, because they get to hang out with friends they haven’t seen for two months. It can also produce anxiety for those kids who must once again face bullies. Here are some warning signs to help distinguish if your child is being bullied and what can you do as a parent to help.
Students who are being bullied often exhibit some warning signs. These students may:
- Have torn, damaged, or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings
- Have unexplained cuts, bruises, and scratches from fighting
- Have few, if any, friends with whom he or she spends time
- Seem afraid of going to school, walking to and from school, riding the school bus, or taking part in organized activities (such as clubs or sports) with peers
- Take a long “illogical” route when walking to or from school
- Lose interest in doing school work, or suddenly begin to do poorly in school
- Appear sad, moody, teary, or depressed when he or she comes home
- Complain frequently of headaches, stomachaches, or other physical problems
- Have frequent bad dreams, or trouble sleeping
- Experience a loss of appetite
- Appear anxious and suffer from low self-esteem
How to help your child being bullied:
- Listen carefully to your child’s reports of being bullied. Be sympathetic and take the problem seriously. Be careful not to overreact or under-react.
- Do not blame the victim. When a child finally works up the courage to report bullying, it isn’t appropriate to criticize him for causing it or not handling the situation correctly.
- Realize that for a child who is being bullied, home is their refuge. Expect them to have some difficult times in dealing with victimization. Get professional help if you think your child needs it.
- Encourage your child to keep talking to you. Spend extra time with them. Provide constant support and encouragement, and tell them that you love them often!
- Encourage your child to walk away and tell an adult if they feel someone is about to hurt them.
- Talk about safe ways to act in situations that might be dangerous. For example, identify a “safe house” they can find sanctuary if pursued by bullies. Encourage them to walk with an adult or older child. Give them a telephone number of an available adult to call if they’re afraid and needs help dealing with a bullying situation.
- Encourage your child to make new friends. A new environment can provide a “new chance” for a victimized student, as they won’t be subjected to the negative stereotype other classmates have of them.
Parents and teachers hold the power to work together to put an end to bullying and provide a safe learning environment for all children. In many cases, it will be the parent who must take charge of bringing the bullying incidents to the attention of school authorities. The result of reducing bullying in our schools is an improved school environment that is friendly and welcoming to all students.
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Our furniture supply is running out!
Rainbow House is in need of furniture to help our clients start a new life. Things that are most needed are listed below.
- Kitchen tables and chairs
- beds- twin and double (no queen or king size)
- dressers and night stands
- living room furniture – couches, chairs, love seats, tables and lamps.
Please call Rainbow House with what you have to donate. We will take your name and phone number and have our volunteer call you about delivery or pick up.
Thank You for and help. Please pass this on.
PO Box 1172, Marinette, WI 54143 ~ (800) 956-6656
1530 Main St., Marinette, WI 54143 ~ (715) 735-6656 Fax: (715) 735-7293
1201 Main St., Oconto, WI 54153 ~ (920) 834-5299 Fax: (920) 834-5330