We repeatedly hear about bullying in school. But bullying in daycare and preschool is also very common. Bullying behaviors usually emerge during early childhood. When you hear your kid talk about other kids being mean to them, you may dismiss thinking it is just a normal argument or fight between the kids. But it is high time you heed attention to what they say. If there is something which affects your child due to the behavior of other kids then it a serious issue to be looked into. Here are a few tips on how you, as parents should deal with kindergarten bullying.
Signs your child is being bullied
- They no longer look forward to going to school
- They avoid talking or playing with a kid they used to get along with
- They do not reply properly to your questions regarding preschool or daycare
- Unexpected injuries
- They pass derogatory comments about themselves like, “Nobody likes me.”
- Bed wetting, crying often and distractions to concentrate on a particular work
- Constantly telling you about a particular kid who is bothering them
These are just a few signs which may indicate that your child is being bullied in school.
Talk to them – Keep asking your kid about how their day went at the school. If they hesitate to open up to you, then start taking hints from what they say.
Coach your kids – It is important that you offer solutions once you find out your child is being bullied. Teach your child to be brave and oppose if people are treating them in a way they don’t like to be. Teach them to say “NO”. You can also ask the kid to complain to a teacher and convince them that is it not tattle taling.
Take help from school – Preschools do take bullying seriously. They are responsible from stopping it not only in the school premises but even outside. Approach the school management and choose a staff whom you trust can counsel your kid and also the kid who bullies.
Signs that your child is the bully
- Do you think your child is dominating and tries to show their power?
- Short tempered and aggressive when such emotions appear?
- Do they show little empathy or dismiss others feelings?
- Do they think they are perfect and can never do anything wrong?
If the answer to these questions is yes, then there are chances your child is a bully. With proper counselling and discussing about bullying with your child, you can definitely change their attitude. If you find it difficult, you can take help from a therapist or specialist.