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Bullying, Life & Stuff with Rhonda Orr

Author: Rhonda Orr

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Rhonda Orr is the president and founder of Rhonda's STOP BULLYING Foundation. On this podcast, she expands on the newspaper advice columns she writes with Dr. Cheri L. McDonald, "Dear Rhonda & Dr. Cheri.." Rhonda speaks directly to you, with real-world, actionable advice.
130 Episodes
Liar, Liar | Ep. 128

Liar, Liar | Ep. 128


Have you told a lie today? Be honest. Odds are, you have. It’s tough to live in a civilized culture without fibbing a bit, if only to protect others’ feelings. But on the deep end of the spectrum, there are the chronic liars. These are people who just can’t seem to tell the truth. They lie about random things, big and small. It’s like a bad habit. This week, we heard from a woman whose husband’s pants are practically on fire. He just won’t tell the truth. About anything.
These days, it seems like people are less happy than they used to be. We have a whole generation of young adults who base their own self-image on how they compare to others. And they always come up short. That’s because the other people they’re looking at have carefully built an image on social media. But it’s always enhanced…it isn’t real. And you can never measure up to their made-up image. This week’s letter is from a woman who has started to feel hopeless about her own life. Let’s see how she can change that.
Reverse Racism? | Ep. 126

Reverse Racism? | Ep. 126


Today, we’re going to discuss a touchy subject. Racism. Our letter this week is from a white woman who feels she’s being unfairly accused of being a racist by her black co-workers. She doesn’t understand why. Maybe color isn’t the root of the problem. Certainly, if she wants to fix it, she can’t do anything about skin color. She’ll need a different solution. Let’s explore that.
We talk a lot about bullying on this show. But sometimes, it’s good to go back to the basics. A mom wrote us this week asking what defines bullying. That’s a question I’m always happy to answer because it’s a reminder that bullying isn’t simply a rite of passage. It can quickly become a very big deal and can lead to serious consequences. So this week, we’ll talk about what bullying is and is not.
Have you ever been told you have too many children? If not, consider yourself lucky, because people who will tell you that you have too many kids generally won’t listen to you explain why you have the number you do. It’s really none of their business, but as with so many other things these days, that doesn’t stop some people from lecturing parents. This week’s letter is from a mom of seven who doesn’t feel she needs to justify herself.
When a parent becomes violent, it can destroy a family. Children always suffer. And sometimes, grandparents become involved, too. Today’s letter is from a woman whose husband was convicted of domestic violence. They’re no longer together. Now, his parents want to see their grandchildren. But what will Grandma and Grandpa tell them about their father? Will they try to turn the kids away from their mother?
Bullies come in lots of forms, and one that doesn’t get a lot of attention is the adult emotional bully. This is the person who bullies their wife or husband, not with physical violence, but by using anger, criticism or shaming to get their way. This week, we heard from a woman who has been dealing with a bullying husband and wants to know what she can do to stop it and bring some intimacy into their lives.
Good manners are the key to a civil society.But manners aren’t just about saying “please” and “thank you.” How you present yourself also demonstrates manners. This week, we heard from a husband who is embarrassed by his wife’s lack of decorum in public. He’s unhappy that she doesn’t exhibit good manners. What can he do?
Once upon a time, the only service dogs were well-trained seeing-eye dogs for the blind. Then came emotional support dogs and therapy dogs. Now, people are claiming all sorts of animals are there to help them get through life. Like the woman who tried to bring a support peacock on board an airline flight. How far will this go? This week, a woman who runs a restaurant wrote us. She doesn’t think just any animal should be allowed to come in because it’s called a service animal. What are her rights as a business owner?
Have you ever worked for someone who confused leadership with fear? A good leader doesn’t need to motivate people by intimidating them. What can you do when a supervisor who bullies subordinates has the support of top management?That’s what a woman wrote to us asking about this week.
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