By Madison Rodriguez
Society has a pre-conceived notion about what bullies and their lives look like. We are often told that bullies only come from a neglected household with aggressive or unstable parents. In reality, this is rarely the case. Tendencies or behaviors that are associated with bullying can be picked up from anywhere, and having a child who exhibits some of those behaviors can happen to even the best of parents. Now that we have this common misconception de-bunked, here are some signs that your child may display some habits that are linked to bullying.
3. They Are Easily Frustrated or Aggressive- Does your child lash out when the outcome of a situation does not turn out the way they anticipated or wanted? Do they respond to disappointing situations with intense anger and/or a raised voice? These two reactions may be indicative of a bullying issue. If this might be your child, you can remind them that it is unsatisfactory behavior. If this behavior continues after the warning, you may offer consequences.
The three signs above are characteristics of children who bully. While the tips above are a great starting point for ending these behaviors, bullying is often a sign of a deeper issue. If open communication does not end bullying tendencies for your child, we encourage you to contact a mental health professional or talk to your pediatrician about other referrals.