My child is a bully
By Ella Walsh |
My child is a bully

If your child often tries to explain away misdeeds with 'We were just having fun …', 'She started it …', 'He made me … ', 'What? I didn't do anything …' you may just have a bully in the making living under your roof.

  • You must act promptly to nip this behaviour in the bud and make your child understand very clearly that his behaviour is unacceptable and that you won't tolerate it.
  • You need to teach your child to manage and articulate his feelings in ways that don't hurt other people.
  • You will also have to help him 'unlearn' bad habits - teach him other ways of behaving.

If your child is a bully, take a look at her home life and consider:

  • The way you discipline your child - are you using bullying tactics yourself?
  • The way you deal with conflict. Have you taught her effective problem-solving skills?
  • The ways you communicate with your child. Are you positive or negative?
  • Whether your child is anxious or frightened about her home life.
  • The types and amount of TV/ games/ computer time she is experiencing? Is she being exposed to inappropriate or violent material?

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This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot. Sources include SA Government's Parenting and Child Health, Bullying No Way and Vic. Govt's Better Health Channel

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