Parenting: Dealing with Bullies

November 22, 2010

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.
Dr. Kuykendall says some children react with aggression because they are being bullied. Be sure that you identify the root cause of any problems. And plan to have many ongoing discussions about treating others with respect.

Hopefully, this advice will help us all!

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