2 thoughts on “Dealing with Teasing and Bullying

  • January 24, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    I have a question. What should a person do when that child’s bully is their own adoptive parent? Or any adult family in general?

    • January 25, 2014 at 10:53 pm


      You asked a very good question with a complicated answer. We often think about bullying and associate it with children being bullied by other kids. Children however may be bullied by adults or even by their parents. Sometimes, parents may engage in bullying behavior in the process of parenting. Some parents may exhibit control or strong demands of parenting with a lack of warmth and love. This lack of connection and concern from the parents often leads to children who withdraw and do not trust their parents. Parents who use aggressive tendencies as a form of parenting may yell, threaten or use verbal or physical discipline. Other parents may have a different demeanor to the world and be secretly mean and abusive to their children. These parents often do not parent with empathy or show unconditional love to their child. No matter which form of parenting used, dealing with a parent bully is difficult. The first thing the child should do is talk to their parent about how they feel and try to work out their differences. Sometimes, parents are not aware of the way they are treating their child because of the way they were raised. They may feel that because they were raised a certain way by their parents, then talking to their child or treating their child the same way they were raised is the right way to parent them. If talking does not work, it is a good idea to talk to someone of authority at school, or even a law enforcement.
      If an adult suspects a child being physically bullied by their parent, than the adult should try to take action by involving some sort of law enforcement. Being physically bullied is abuse and should be reported. If you know someone who is a victim of bullying there are lots of people who can help. You can try visiting the following websites: http://www.beatbullying.org; http://www.kidscape.org.uk; http://www.antibullying.net
      Hope this helps and thanks for your question.


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