by Mike Resh
After a difficult morning, Otto struggles with having positive interactions with his friends at school. He learns that his friendship struggles are due to him doing things backwards compared to what a true friend would do, or being a “Dneirf.”
With the help of his peers and school counselor, Otto is able to turn his day around and move in the right direction toward becoming a true, or forward friend to himself and others.
This story is a great resource to teach children that not every social conflict is an act of bullying, but rather that normal conflict can and will occur within friendships due to backwards behaviors. Sometimes friends just need help turning those behaviors forward!
Be A Friend, Not A Dneirf!