BULLYING – It Starts At HOME
If a child in a family is bullying others, parents and family members need to take action to address the behavior and prevent it from continuing. Here are some steps that can be taken within a family unit when their child is the bully:
- Address the behavior: Parents and family should talk to the child and let them know their behavior is unacceptable. It is essential to be clear about what the child is doing wrong and why it is unacceptable.
- Set clear rules and consequences: The child should be given clear rules about what behaviors are unacceptable and what the consequences will be if they engage in bullying. The consequences should be firm, consistent, and enforced every time the behavior occurs.
- Teach empathy and respect: Parents and family members can help the child develop empathy and respect for others by modeling these behaviors and teaching them how to put themselves in other people’s shoes.
- Seek professional help: If the child’s behavior continues despite efforts to address it, it may be necessary to seek the help of a professional counselor or therapist who works with children who exhibit bullying behavior. They can work with the child and the family to address the underlying issues contributing to the behavior.
- Monitor the child’s behavior: Parents and family members should monitor the child’s behavior closely to ensure that they are not engaging in bullying. Communicating regularly with teachers and other caregivers is essential to stay informed about the child’s behavior in different settings.
It is essential for parents and family members to take the bullying issue seriously and address the behavior as soon as it is identified. By working together and seeking appropriate help, families can help their children overcome bullying behavior and develop empathy and respect for others.
Mariette Kammerer – Director of KES, Inc, Radio Producer and Host, Founder of the Healing Mind