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My Child is Being Bullied

by Sarah Lyons

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Laugh it off

It is no surprise that bullies find enjoyment out of picking on others because they get a reaction. Sometimes laughing it off or making it into a joke can stop the bully in his tracks. This isn’t always easy to do if your child is not a natural at making jokes or if they are already upset, but in some situations, it can turn things around quickly.

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Find an outlet

Kids who feel like they have been bullied at school may begin to feel angry, depressed, or blame themselves. It is important to let your child know that it is not their fault. Help your child find something they can use as an outlet when they have these feelings - running, drawing, journaling, sports, hanging out with friends, etc. If your child has something they enjoy and are good at, it helps them feel important and boosts their overall happiness.

What not to do

Being bullied creates a wide range of emotions and reactions for the victims.  While you have given them positive strategies for handling the situation, you may also want to remind them of the following things not to do:

  • Blame yourself - it is not your fault
  • Fight back - it’s never a good idea to physical hurt someone else
  • Bully others - do not hurt others because you have been hurt
  • Keep silent - remaining silent while you or someone else are being targeted will not help stop the situation
  • Avoid school - everyone deserves to be safe and learn at school
  • Hurt yourself  - if you feel like you want to hurt yourself or others, talk to someone immediately

 

Sarah Lyons is a stay at home wife and mother of six children, including 18 month old triplets. Using creative consequences with her kids has improved their behavior and encourages healthy relationships with each other.

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