Protect Your Child from Bullying. (5-12-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE: To show your child you will protect him from bullying. 

PRACTICE:  Today, if you see your child being bullied, step in and let the bully know you will not allow him (or her) to bully your child.

Tell the bully to cease and desist. If any toys are involved, demand that the bully repair or return them or else you will take more serious steps to protect your child.

Tell your child he can depend on adults to help him when he is being bullied. (For example, teachers, youth leaders, parents, neighbors, and other relatives.)

If your child is older, you may need to negotiate with him about when and how much you should be directly involved in talking to the bully. He may prefer to handle things on his own.

If this is the case, be sure to talk over a plan so you know that how your child is planning to stick up for himself will be safe.

If today is not a day when you observe any bullying, think back to a bullying incident you remember and imagine how you could have stepped in at that time.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, PHOEBE & DIGGER.  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 the Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at Making Children Feel Safe and Important, Part 2.

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