Today let’s address a situation we would like to never happen to our kids, bullying. It is easy to overlook the signs that something is happening to them but it is crucial to be able to deal with it healthily. Communication is key to make sure you know what is going on with your little one at school. As we mentioned before, asking about their day is important to knowing how they are doing not just academically but how their social life is going. Unfortunately, our kids sometimes show the signs of bullying without directly communicating to us.
Therefore, we must be alert and notice subtle changes that could be warning signs they are being bullied. Keeping track of their academics is usually where you can start noticing the effects of bullying. If you see their grades dropping make sure to have a calm conversation to talk about what could be causing it. Bullying can not only be a distraction but a factor that reduces a child’s self-esteem. Remember the younger they are, the more impressionable they are. So, starting from a young age you want to make sure you are adding to their self-esteem and building a healthy foundation of self-confidence.
If you start noticing they are dropping grades, not being very outgoing, and having a general withdrawal of activities they usually enjoy, then they can be indirectly telling you something is going on. Once you have enough evidence that they are being bullied the most difficult part is trying to solve the issue and avoiding any repercussions. It is vital to act before it gets worse, but also you must act in the healthiest way. The first step you can take is addressing how severe the situation is, once you know how much the issue if affecting your child, you need to talk to them to try to help them find a solution. Encourage them to talk to the bully and try to peacefully come to terms with them. While you begin to encourage them to confront and solve the issue try to also continue to work on elevating their confidence.
Kids with higher self-esteem are less likely to be victimized and targeted by their peers. However, it is never the victim’s fault. Bullying can happen to any child regardless of their personality or traits. Therefore, knowing the signs is key to acting before the bullying worsens. If you see the bullying persists then you should talk directly to your child’s teacher. They are in the best position to deal with the situation. Make sure they are aware of how the situation is affecting your child and that they will put an end to it. It is also important to teach your child to always come to you or their teacher if they are ever being bullied.
Once the teacher addresses the situation and puts an end to it, make sure you help your child get involved in other activities. Look for extracurricular activities that will help them be a part of other social circles. This will help them recover from the bullying and help them learn about building healthy relationships with their peers. The key to deal with bullying is finding out about it early on and acting before it worsens. We hear so many tragedies nowadays about kids who are targeted and severely abused by their peers. As parents and care takers we need to make sure we notice the signs to avoid a worse situation. However, if you ever have to deal with your child being bullied, make sure you take away the importance of communication. Let them know you will always be there for them and that they can always trust you with what is going on in their life.
We hope you never have to run into this troubling situation. Bullying can have long-term effects in a child’s development. However, we hope these tips come in handy if your child ever has to face a bully. Stay tuned for more posts about early childhood development, tips, recipes, and fun stories about these interesting years. If you have something you would like for us to blog about let us know. Remember every day is an adventure at Kids Village, your kids will love it and so will you!