What To Do If Your Child is Bullying Others

A common topic of conversation when it comes to parenting young children is what to do if your child is getting bullied at school. But something that doesn’t often get addressed is what to do if your kid is the one doing the bullying. A strong argument can be made that it’s far more crucial how the parent of the one bullying reacts—so here’s what to do if that’s you.

Consider Why They Did It

When kids bully at school, it’s very common that this is because of something that’s happening at home. Perhaps they’re dealing with some “bullying” of their own within the confines of their house, perhaps at the expense of a sibling or even the parent. For this reason, it’s crucial that you, the parent must evaluate why your child is bullying someone else. Is it possible in response to the way you’re treating them at home?

Have a Serious Talk With Them

Once you’ve done some personal reflection, it’s time to have a serious talk with your child. Make it clear to them that bullying someone else at school is far from okay. Encourage them to imagine what it’s like in the other person’s shoes. Speak to them in a serious, yet gentle tone. If you aren’t gentle with them, chances are they’ll continue to feel weak in your presence and keep the bullying up at school.