Parents: 3 Ways to Help Your Child Deal With Bullying

3 Ways to Help Your Child Deal with Bullying

It happens to all of us at some point in our lives. You know – the kid you didn’t like at school, the “Eddie Haskell” in the Boardroom, the Bully.

It’s hard enough trying to deal with bullies as adults, but helping your child cope with bullying can seem like a daunting task. Here are some ideas for what to do:

1)    Talk to your child about the problem. Explore it from all angles. Denying the issue will not make it go away and may make your daughter feel like you don’t care.

2)    Assess how bad the bullying behavior really is – is it name calling? Verbal threats? Physical assaults? The severity of the bullying as well as the severity of your child’s response to it can help guide you to a solution.

3)    Know when it’s time to ask for help – If your child is devastated by the bullying and it seems to be getting worse, now might be the time to seek the help of your school’s counselor or ask the principal or your child’s teacher to get involved. Your child is entitled to a safe school environment – it’s the law. If someone has threatened your child with physical harm, don’t be afraid to enlist the help of the police.

In the meantime, check out these websites for tips on helping your kids deal with bullying and helping you deal with them:

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/parenting-tips/2012/07/mean-girls-and-bullying-boys-pitfalls-and-lessons-for-parents/

http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/bully-proof.html

http://kidshealth.org/parent/question/school/bullying.html

http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/bullies.html

http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/issues_2011/2011_cyberbullying.html

Stayed tuned for next week’s topic: Helping Your Daughter Decide Who’s a Real Friend

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