Most parents worry about their child being bullied. It comes as a great surprise when they learn that their child is the aggressor, not the victim.
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What do you do if this happens to you? Here are four tips:
Recently the media has given a lot of attention to the problem of bullying. This hasn’t done a lot to help the problem, but it has caused bullies to be demonized. Treat bullying like any other behavior problem. It is something that needs to be corrected. It does not indicate that your child is evil has criminal tendencies or is even a bad kid. He needs redirection.
2-Refocus his self-esteem:
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3-Teach your child empathy:
Empathy is the ability to feel the pain of others. Children have a hard time doing this, but it is never too early to start.
Ask your child questions about his interactions with others that will get him to think of the other person’s point of view. Have your child volunteer for a group that helps the less fortunate. Discuss his experiences there.
Children wrongly equate force with power. Bullies want to have power, which is why they use force over others. However, true power is being in control of yourself. It is not yelling when you are frustrated or angry, not being irritable when you are tired, and not letting your down moods affect they way you treat others.
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