15 Ways to Deal with Name Calling
Name calling can be difficult to deal with. This is especially true if your child is the one who has to deal with the problem. Whether he is being called names by friends at school or by acquaintances at the park, it can be a traumatic experience. Listed below are 15 ways to deal with name calling.
· Encourage your child to talk about the problem. Keeping the problem inside will only make matters worse. If you know that the problem is going on, encourage your child to talk about it. Sometimes just a talking about the problem can help relieve some of the stress, tension, and hurt that is often the result of name calling.
· Talk to the teacher. If the problem is getting out of hand at school, it may be time to talk to the teacher. While she can monitor every movement, she can keep a closer eye on the problem and deter name calling when it occurs.
· Stay near your child at the park. The park is a fun place for your child to be but if he is being called names, he will likely not want to go. Don’t allow name calling to ruin fun experiences. When at the park, make an effort to stay near your child. Kids are often reluctant to pick on other kids when parents are around.
· Talk to parents. If you know the parents of the kids who are causing the problem, find an opportunity to casually bring up the situation. Many times, the parents are unaware that their child is known as the bully. Work together with parents to make sure that you kids get along.
· Understand that your child will be hurt. Don’t call your child a “cry baby” or any other names if he appears sad because of being taunted by friends. This will only add to the problem.
· Explain hurtful experiences that you endured during the past. Let your child know that you, too, went through the same thing. He or she may be shocked to find out that you were a child one day.
· Help your child make new friends. If your child is having trouble making new friends, provide him with opportunities to do so. Schedule play dates or allow him to attend birthday parties in an effort to make new friends.
· Capitalize on positive experiences. During times when you child is making an effort to make new friend, be positive and support him.
· Let your child know that he is not alone. Many kids endure name calling and taunting every day. Your child must know he is not alone.
· Find ways to build confidence. Find something that your child is good at and all him to participate. This will give him a confidence boost and make the name calling have less of an effect on him.
· Discourage behaviors that may cause him to be teased. If your child is a tattle tale or is constantly whining, these may be the reason he is being teased. Help him figure out why.
· Don’t encourage fighting. Regardless of the situation, physically fighting will only make things worse.
· The “turn the other cheek” attitude. Encourage your child to ignore the problem. Chances are, when the bully sees that it is not affecting your child, he will move on to the next victim.
· Have your child talk to a trusted mentor. A school counselor or other close friend can help. Let your child confide in a mentor to help him get through the problem.
· Stay involved. As a parent, it is important that you always be there to support your child during the difficult times of childhood.Kids will be kids and unfortunately some kids are bullies.Be a support system for your child so he doesn’t have to go through it alone.The more involved you are, the less of an impact it will have.
Listed above are 15 ways that you can help you child deal with name calling. Many children are victims of bullying each day that often leads to name calling. How will you help your child handle the situation?
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