Magazine article Working Mother

When the Bully Is Your Kid

Magazine article Working Mother

When the Bully Is Your Kid

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There's a ton of advice and advocacy for bullied children. But kids who bully, and their overwrought parents, are also in i great need of help. Mary L. Pulido, PhD, executive director of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, i offers these simple and humane tactics.

Gather info. You may hear bad news about your child from an angry parent or school authorities. Don't freak out. Instead, focus on details of what happened and with whom. Then let your child explain her side of things. Ask open-ended questions like "What did you think those actions would lead to?" Some kids with learning challenges lash out in frustration, so consider if your child needs special help.

Encourage empathy. Be clear about your expectations for physical and verbal behavior, and the repercussions for continued bullying. Reinforce kindness by, say, volunteering together to serve meals at a homeless shelter. Many kids who engage in aggressive behaviors don't understand the impact of their actions. …

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