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Confessions of a Former Bully

Ms. Ludwig speaks with NCPC’s Robin Young about helpful strategies that can be used to address bullying issues as well as the importance of parent involvement and modeling of respectful behavior.

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Ever wonder what goes on in the mind of someone who bullies?

Katie never thought of herself as a bully. So what if she excludes kids from games or says some harsh things to her friends every once and a while? It’s not like she ever hits anyone. What’s the big deal? After Katie gets caught teasing a schoolmate, she faces consequences for her actions. The consequences help Katie realize that bullying has hurt not only the people around her, but her, too.

Told from the unusual perspective of the aggressor, Confessions of a Former Bully provides kids with real life tips and tools they can use to help identify and overcome emotional bullying. An informative Author’s Note to Parents & Teachers and recommended resources are included.

Biography - Trudy Ludwig is an award-winning author who specializes in writing children's books that explore the colorful and sometimes confusing world of children's social interactions. She has received rave reviews nationwide from educators, experts, organizations, and parents for her passion and compassion in addressing relational aggression —the use of relationships to manipulate and hurt others. Trudy is a sought-after speaker, presenting at schools and conferences around the country and educating students, parents, and teachers. She is an active member of the International Bullying Prevention Association and collaborates with leading experts and organizations including The Ophelia Project, Hands & Words Are Not for Hurting Project, and Putting Family First. 

Trudy’s books have received the Mom’s Choice Gold Award, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s “Best of the Year” award, the Moonbeam Children’s Books Gold Award, and have been recognized as NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Books for Young People. To learn more about Trudy, her presentation offerings, or how to address bullying and friendship issues, visit

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