Kids Being Bullied: 4 Tips to Help Parents Prepare Their Children When Faced With Bullying by Jodi Aman, LCSW

Kids Being Bullied: 4 Tips to Help Parents Prepare Their Children When Faced With Bullying

Kids dread returning to school for a number of reasons. Some kids worry about returning to school out of fear for facing their bullies, not being included in activities or social groups, or both. But what can parents do to help kids build mental strength, reduce anxiety and avoid bullies and social distress?

Here are my top tips to help parents prepare for their kids when faced with anxiety and bullying:

  • Go over some bullying scenarios with your kids and make them come up with ways to respond to each one. This brainstorming will open their problem-solving mind so when they are in a situation they will trust themselves and be able to think their way out, rather than freezing or doing something unsafe. Remind them where to go for help at school and that they can always talk to you when they get home.
  • Let them know why kids bully. Just saying that “they are jealous” isn’t enough to understand why someone might be jealous. Explain that miserable people are mean because they don’t like themselves. Go over examples from TV or movies so they understand this concept. This will help them not take the mean comments into their hearts.
  • Some friend groups have cultures of drama and this may not be the best place for your child’s tender heart. If your kid is being excluded have them use their noticing skills to find the nice kids. They are always there and may be just the friend group your child is looking for.
  • Ask your kids about helping their friends when they are bullied. Do they stand up to them? Do they check in with them? Make sure you go over these options for how not to be a bystander

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Bullying seems to be a growing problem, pandemic or no pandemic. Thanks for these actionable tips for parents and kids alike, Jodi Aman, LCSW !
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Bullies are so sad and pathetic, I feel sorry for them. They have so many issues. But we have to step in and stop them.

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