It is no secret that some children encounter bullying at some point in their childhood. Sometimes, it starts with sibling rivalry or teasing from childhood friends. As parents, you will want to act and put a stop to it because the teasing can traumatize your little one if it becomes too hurtful and constant.
Bullying is not limited to verbal torment. It can also go as far as physical. As parents, when you know your child is being bullied, you must not brush it off as something that children have to experience to become tough. You need to take it seriously.
Sometimes, it is hard to tell if your child is being bullied because they do not say anything about it for various reasons. Perhaps, they are afraid of retaliation, or they are too proud to admit it that they cannot take care of themselves. Worse, they fear that their parents may reject them. Their reasons can be endless.
If you suspect bullying, but your child is unwilling to open up, you need to find opportunities to bring up the issue. You can share your experiences in the past when someone tried to push you around. Relating to your child can allow them to feel at ease in opening up their situation. Listen patiently and calmly. Offer them comfort, and then take action.
If you know your child is being bullied in school, you need to speak with the teacher, counselor, or principal so that something can be done. In our daycare in Arcadia, we never tolerate bullying. As educators, we keep our eyes open to any signs of it.
Also, in our Chinese school in Arcadia, we encourage children to become supportive of each other. If ever we see anything that is troubling, we assure you that you will be the first to know. As much as possible, we want parents to be involved with their children even in our school.
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