Sally Kuykendall, Ph.D., is the assistant professor of health services at Saint Joseph's University. She says parents need to engage in conversation with their child and keep lines of communication open. Kuykendall suggests:
- Confront excuses: don't allow your child to say they were "just joking".
- Set clear and consistent limits. Let your child know what is socially acceptable behavior.
- Don't let your child blame the victim or rationalize the attacks.
Hopefully, this advice will help us all!