If You Think Your Child Is Being Bullied (1-10-14)

Todays’ Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   It’s important to talk to your child about bullying.

PRACTICE: Think about whether there have been any changes in the way your child acts or feels related to going to school?

Is his work at school improving or going downhill?

Does he show any signs of being worried or afraid – loss of appetite, easy to fly off the handle, unable to sleep?

If you notice any unusual behaviors, talk with your child to make sure he isn’t faced with things at school that he doesn’t feel he has control over or is afraid of.

Keep your own feelings under control and be very matter of fact about your questions. Ask short questions; don’t dig for answers.

It may take several conversations, because children may not talk about these things easily.

What is important is that they know you care about their safety and happiness and will help them deal with any problems they might be having. After that sinks in, they may give in and talk about problems.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, WILLOW FINDS A WAY.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at BULLYING.

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