Bullies: great advice

What if you encounter bullies in school and you want to do something to change that? Little  eleven-year-old Ciro Ortiz wondered about that for some time. But  he found a solution. He set up a table and chair in the New York City subway and gave advice to others. He charged $2. per session to share his views. Don’t you think he could write an educational kid’s book about his experiences?

“It’s a good way to give back and make money,” the 11-year-old told The Post.

“One recent afternoon, a couple stopped by Ciro’s card table for some marital counseling. The husband was unhappy that his wife had recently gone vegan.

“I told him that she didn’t get mad at him for eating meat,” Ciro said. “She likes to eat what she wants and he likes to eat whatever he wants so they’re just gonna have to deal with it.”

Personally, I think Ciro gave that couple some practical advice.  He said the most common problem he encounters is “People having trouble dealing with change.” Here’s what he said about that subject:

“We have to accept [change]. It’s going to happen — it’s always going to happen. Life is always changing.”

Ciro’s counseling sessions have built his self-esteem. Here’s what his  mom said:

“Ciro is really sensitive and he’s had a hard time,” his mother, Jasmine, a 35-year-old poet, told The Post. “The first day he was out there [on the subway platform, giving counseling], he was very nervous and unsure of himself . . . A few Sundays later he’s come back saying, ‘I’ve met so many wonderful people. I’m gonna end up having so many friends.’ ”

His dad continued;

“He’s always been much more mature than whatever grade he was in,” added his father, Adam Ortiz.

Because of Ciro’s counseling  services, you might think he wants to be a psychologist. But, he wants to be a video programmer instead. I feel  Ciro will be successful at any career he chooses. He’s a young man with incredible wisdom.  How did he get it? Here are Ciro’s thoughts on that;

Ciro  “Thinks he got his wisdom from his parents, who have always encouraged him to be kind to everyone and to pursue his dreams — even if it means that they have to spend their Sundays hanging out in a subway station as Ciro works.”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if more people developed strategies against bullies? I met them in school too and it can be intimidating. But my mom said kids who are bullies were never taught how to treat people. Isn’t that sad?Then I felt sorry for the kids. Don’t you think it’s best to treat people the way you’d like to be treated? Try to imagine yourself in the other person’s situation. What would you do and say?


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