What do you do when your child is being bullied? Most parents have no qualms about getting physical with someone of a younger age if it means their kids are safe. However, this is a totally negative response, and there are far better ways to deal with your child’s bullies.
Keep Your Own Anger and Negative Thoughts in Check
Never, ever hit a child. Ever. While bullies seem deserving of negative response, you never know their backstory or what led them to behave in such a bad manner. Therefore, you should hold your anger and keep your negative thoughts and emotions in check. Violence and bad language are best avoided since it can make the situation worse for both your child and yourself. And keeping ahold of your negative impulses will save you from court approved anger management classes if you flew off the proverbial handle.
Teach Your Children to Be Kind in the Face of Rudeness
Teach your kids that violence and negative feelings will get them nowhere. “Kill them with kindness,” should definitely be an implemented action in the face of rude bullies. Encourage them to walk away, ignore their bullies, and avoid physical confrontations. In worst case scenarios where your child is being hit or assaulted on a regular basis, invest in self-defense classes that teach disarming techniques for bullies.
Talk to Others About a Prevention System
Bullies usually hide behind the belief that no one cares, no one is going to do anything about their bad behavior, and others are theirs to hurt and command. However, when you tell someone about a bully, you take away a bit of their power. Tell enough people, and the bullies are rendered harmless. So, when your child is being bullied, let others know. Talk to teachers, parents, schoolboards, whoever is in a position of authority so you can collaborate on a prevention system to avoid further incidents.
Tell Your Kids to Avoid a Bully and Make New Friends
Sometimes kids simply need to ignore their bullies, because in some cases, bullies simply want attention of any kind. They want a reaction. Take that way and they become powerless to do harm. Encourage your kiddo to make new friends with supportive, like-minded people. 9 times out of 10, there is safety and security in larger groups. A single bully would rather avoid targeting a group of people.
Bullies are a fact of life. Some people are simply cruel and hateful by nature, and that can get passed down to their children. Therefore, when your kiddo experiences a bully, you should follow along with the aforementioned coping techniques.