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Full disclosure, I’m not a parent. I have a nephew and a niece. The thought of them being victimized by some undisciplined little brat infuriates me. However, below we have a parent’s guide to dealing with bullies.
Frequent Communication is Essential
There should be great communication in the household. Family time is key. I’ve written to my newsletter subscribers about the power of a family meal on many occasions as well providing a parent’s guide to dealing with bullies. A daily ritual of eating around the table will build comradeship between you all and will develop better judgment of character. Therefore, when a child is acting out of character, you’ll notice quicker.
If your child approaches you about an incident at school, don’t show upset or anger. After all, it took great courage on your child’s behalf to mention what happened. Instead, demonstrate calmness and a pro-active mentality.
I would recommend asking the child how he or she would like you to take it forward. You’ll still have the final say but you’ll prevent your child from panicking about the situation escalating.
It Is Important to Keep Notes
As soon as you hear about these scenarios, grab a notepad and pen, and document these issues. Record dates, times, locations and exactly what’s been happening. Also record any communication between you and the school. This includes who you talked to, the date and time of communication, how you communicated (phone or in person) and copies of emails.
Approach the Head of the School
When approaching the school, it’s tempting to charge into the head masters office. It may also be tempting to have a strong word with the bully’s parents. However, approach calmly. Whatever happens, get the schools attention every time there’s an incident.
Don’t ever be made to feel like a time waster!
Get Support for Yourself
You need support too as the thought of your child being bullied is hurtful. Speak to friends who don’t have children in the same school that your child goes too. This is a simple precaution as you don’t want the issue to spread further.
Know When to Take it Higher
If the school is not dealing with the situation, you should contact the school governor. The governor may keep the matter between the headmaster and him/herself but will investigate why the dilemma hasn’t been resolved. Again, record all communications in your diary.
If the governor fails you, report to the local council. When doing this, present your documented notes, ask if other bullying cases have been reported from the school and request a formal investigation.
At this stage, start speaking to other parents. If multiple children are being picked on by the same bully, your case will be stronger and you’ll have more support.
Keep documenting, keep communicating and if nothing happens, keep going higher.
I hope this post “a parent’s guide to dealing with bullies.” Here we have a link to a fantastic charity called Bullies Out. This is another great resource for advice: https://bulliesout.com/
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