Finding the courage to speak up for yourself is scary. I get it. And when someone is mean to us, it catches us off guard. So of course, in the moment, you aren’t likely to respond the way you want. Don’t feel bad about that. Just plan for what you want to say the next time it happens and have a friend or a parent practice this with you.
There are a lot of things bullies don’t like, but the thing they like the least is being seen as weak.