At the tender preschool ages, most children don't recognize when they are being bullied or when they are bullying others. However, this is a good time for parents to discuss bullying with their children and hopefully prevent lasting, harmful effects. There are 3 easy ways to teach your preschooler about bullying.
1. Discuss Hurtful Behavior
Preschoolers are old enough to know that hitting, biting, and name-calling is "bad" and "mean." And while these behaviors are part of learning and developing (fighting over a toy when learning to share, for example), there is a point where it shifts into bullying. Bullying is repetitive and intentional. A child who has an outburst and steals their neighbor's fruit snacks because they didn't get as many isn't a bully. A child who takes their neighbor's fruit snacks every day without remorse is demonstrating bullying. Other behaviors of a preschool bully include causing
2. Read Books Together
Your child might understand that this behavior is wrong, but may still indulge in it at preschool or may still be a victim of it. A positive way to introduce bullying is to read books about it together. Go to the library and look for children's books about bullying. Many authors have written fun stories with familiar characters to demonstrate situations of bullying. Book characters your child might recognize include Llama Llama, Franklin, Berenstain Bears, and Horrible Harry. These stories can help both the bully and the bullied by helping them:
3. Explain Ways to Cope
Despite the often short attention span of preschoolers, they are learning and observing so much in the world around them. You can explain ways to cope with being bullied or the desire to bully. If you take an optimistic approach about it, your child will feel more confident about it, as well. Some coping mechanisms to consider include:
As a parent, it's hard to admit that even a preschooler needs to learn about bullying. But if you take a positive approach at this young age, you can help avoid heartache in the future. For more information about helping prepare your child for preschool, visit websites like http://www.kidscountry.net.Share
16 December 2015
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