If your child is bullying another child, try these tips:
- Intervene immediately. Help your child figure out how to change his behavior and to do something kind for the other child, such as make an apology card.
- Help your child to engage in caring behavior, such as choosing some of his toys to donate.
- Bullying behavior may be a sign that your child is struggling with big feelings. Help your child to explore his feelings.
- Reach out to your child’s school counselor or teacher for help, as well.
If your child finds himself witnessing or experiencing unkind behavior, try
- Encourage him to tell you how he is feeling. Ask, “How did you feel when…?”
- If your child is being bullied, assure him that being bullied is not his fault.
- Let your child know that it is always OK to tell an adult and ask for help.
- If your child is being bullied, have him practice saying, “I don’t like the way they are acting. I am going to play with someone else.”