Episode 13: Oh No, My Child's a Bully artwork
Finger Painting The Future

Episode 13: Oh No, My Child's a Bully

  • S1E13
  • 40:11
  • January 6th 2021

Bullying doesn't end at school – cyberbullying still happens after 3 PM. With the COVID-10 and remote learning, kids are experiencing more bullying online than ever before. While teachers are trained on how to identify and deal with bullying in the physical classroom, how can parents and teachers prevent/stop it during remote learning? On this episode of Finger Painting the future, Florence Ann and Joe speak with 2019 Arizona Teacher of the Year, Kareem Neal on the topic of bullying. Kareem gives helpful insights on how we can be a safe space to talk with our children when it comes to dealing with bullies. As parents, it is very important that we build strong relationships with our children in order to create that safe space. Tune in to hear how you can tackle this hard topic with your kids. Not only will you learn how to help your children deal with bullying, but also how to deal with it in your own adult life!

About our guest: Kareem Neal is a recipient of 2019 Arizona Teacher of the Year award and has taught students with cognitive delays for 23 years! He received an honorary doctorate from NAU for his contributions to special education in Arizona — and is also a 2019 Understood Teacher Fellow. Kareem has a passion for connecting all students and is currently the restorative justice trainer for the Phoenix union High School District.


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 It doesn’t matter whether it’s a toddler or teenager, today’s parents are overwhelmed with a never ending list of head scratching heart pumping questions that leave them searching for the answers on how to raise a good child. Join the Windy City Nanny, Florence Ann Romano and renowned educator Joseph Fatheree on Finger Painting The Future, a podcast that will help you search for solutions to the questions that keep parents up at night.

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Florence Ann Romano
Host & Childcare Advocate

My Nana and Papa (AKA my grandparents) lived with my family for years, and they helped me understand what it means to care for a child. Seeing them look after my siblings and parents taught me one very important lesson: it really does take a village. Letting other people into our hearts isn’t a sign of weakness. If anything, it only makes us stronger!

I am a former nanny of 15 years and an active childcare advocate.

Today, I’m a proud member of the Board of Directors at the Children’s Research Fund, an incredible organization that supports the pediatric research at Lurie Children’s Hospital here in Chicago. I’m also a founding member of Sesame Street’s Leadership Council, and I look after the honorary kids in my life on the daily. They call me “Auntie Lo”––stinkin’ cute, I know!

I’m always inspired by my family and friends and I try to live by the motto, “Have courage and be kind.” Life is all about being positive; pushing boundaries; opening your heart; and letting in the love. I truly believe parents will experience beautiful breakthroughs in their homes if they simply ask for help––and that’s what I am here to do… to encourage and empower you to be the best you can be by letting love in.

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Joe Fatheree
Host & Award-Winning Educator

Joe Fatheree is an award winning author, educator, and filmmaker. He has received numerous educational awards, including the 2007 Illinois Teacher of the Year, 2009 NEA Member Benefits Award, and he was a Top 10 Finalist for the 2016 Global Teacher Prize.

He was recently named one of the Top 10 Teachers in the World by the Varkey Foundation. He served as the Director of Strategic Projects for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year in Washington, D.C. and is the instructor of creativity and innovation at Effingham High School in Illinois. He currently serves on an advisory board for the Institute for Ethical AI in Education in the United Kingdom.

Fatheree’s television work has aired nationally on PBS, The Documentary Channel, Hulu, and the MLB Network. He is the recipient of 3 Mid America Emmy Awards and a Telly.