Address bullying when you come across it. For example, if you hear your daughter and her friends gossiping, counter it with something like, “Ouch, that sounded mean. I know you guys can do better.”
Talk children through planning ahead by asking “what if” questions. This will help them think about what needs to be done and identify possible consequences of their decisions. Learn more in our next webinar >>
Support Sparks: Find opportunities to comment on activities your child seems to really enjoy. After noting that they seemed particularly happy or engaged by the activity, tell them you are interested in finding out what they most enjoyed about it. Then listen.
Try to separate your own interests and abilities from your child’s. He may not be the sports star or pianist you envisioned. Enjoy discovering who he is becoming and find ways to be supportive of your child’s unique gifts.
Talk with your child about what’s important and what he wants to do. Some kids want to do ballet, debate, volunteering, or a musical group that requires intensive training and activity. Other kids don’t. Discuss these issues together.
Praise your child for using a positive decision-making process, such as listing the pros and cons of a set of choices.
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Continue to emphasize the importance of practicing and sticking with things, even when they get hard or boring. For example, tell your child she needs to practice her instrument 30 minutes a day before she can have computer or friend time.
Never blame your child for being bullied. Instead, empathize, explaining that bullying is always wrong, that it’s not your child’s fault, and that you are glad she or he had the courage to tell you about it.