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do nothing wrong.
and ostracize her or boys will hurt some classmates. And the frustrating thing is – the parents
are clueless! They find it hard to accept and actually are very surprised when
they find out their child is hurting others.
preschool. I don’t think they are aware
of it, because they are used to being the lone star in their homes. Once you put these “stars in their homes”
together in school, they will tend to clash. Everyone wants to be the star!)
child is being mean, take steps to stop it IMMEDIATELY. Be careful though. It may not be helpful to put the blame on him
right away. Likewise, it is not right to
label him a bully. Your intervention is
crucial, but do not judge nor criticize your child. Instead, make it clear that the behavior is
unacceptable and one that you won’t tolerate.
Then, explore possible solutions with him.
do instead of fighting. If he didn’t
like what his friend did, ask him how he can tell his friend in a way that will
not hurt him.
kindness and respect.
that toy from your friend without hurting his feelings or making him angry? Let’s
come up with ideas.” Encourage your
child to come up with solutions and choose one to try. Follow it up in a few days and see how it is
working. If it is not doing well, choose
a new one with him. Children sometimes
act mean because they don’t know how to get what they want through any other
way. They need to realize that there are
better ways to handle the problem.
for his actions. Ground him. Shorten his playtime if he continues to act
in ways that are unacceptable. If it
happens in school, work it out or coordinate with the teacher. Analyze your behavior and your family situation also. Children do tend to imitate their parents. Are you being mean, too?