Is Your Kid the Problem?

When your child is the one who is doing the teasing and threatening, you need to take action right away — not just for the sake of the victims, but to stop this destructive behavior in your child immediately! If you’re unsure, watch for these bullying warning signs:

  • He/She is impulsive and gets very angry quickly.
  • He/She takes out his/her frustration by hitting or pushing other kids.
  • He/She hangs out with other kids who behave aggressively.
  • He/She fights or physically with his/her siblings.
  • He/She has difficulty understanding how his/her actions affect others.
  • He/She gets into trouble at school frequently.

If one or more of the above describes your child, have him/her practice special techniques – such as stop and think, taking deep breaths, or counting to ten – and then talk about what he/she can do differently next time. However, if your efforts don’t appear to have a positive impact on his/her behavior, ask your doctor to recommend an appropriate mental health professional who can work with your child.