In our family, one of our sons was bullied a number of times through kindergarten, elementary school and high school. Our children were engaged in many creative projects growing up, however, if I had to do it over again, at a preschool level I would have used drawing therapeutically in facilitating their emotional awareness and articulation. It may have offered yet another tool to help our kids identify and express their feelings. Here is an article that offers a specific rationale for the use of art therapy.
As a retired educator, observing our current complex trauma-inducing world it is troubling. As outlined by Gabor Mate, more than ever we need to help children and young people develop coping skills to maintain mental health. Brene Brown suggests the first and critical step in being human is through emotional awareness and identification. This can be achieved through children’s literature and art. The more that our kids develop self-awareness and empathy, we can hopefully reduce dysfunctional behaviour that often results in bullying. In turn, later in life, bullying has the potential to result in disastrous consequences such as ‘coping diseases’ such as addiction, as shared by Chris Carberg. The more the world can play with imagination, form, colour, movement and line, the more we can proactively seek to understand and create a peaceful world through our creative expression.