Handle bullies appropriately.


  1. Avoid the “bully” label.
    Avoid labeling your child or any other child as a “bully.” Young children rarely bully others due to a desire to disempower, demean, or hurt other children. In fact, relational aggression is a normal process in developing children. While it’s difficult to watch children interact negatively, the developmentally healthy thing to do is step back and allow them to learn social skills on their own.

  2. If your child is bullied, understand the situation thoroughly before taking action.
    Sometimes, “bullying” is not truly bullying. It could just be a misunderstanding between two children, or it could have even been an accident. Most of the time, and especially with young children, simply asking the “bully” to apologize to the “victim” resolves the issue completely..

  3. Teach your child to handle bullies on their own.
    When you consistently step in and handle difficult situations for your child, your child will likely feel incapable and powerless. This can be extremely disempowering for a child, so it is better to teach your child how to handle bullies and then step back and let them shine.


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