To develop your child’s self-esteem, make sure they recognize their strengths and weaknesses, and teach them to feel good about themselves. Self-esteem can protect against bullying because kids are less likely to pick on someone who’s self-confident and in control.
Bullies are less likely to target kids who have a strong and supportive group of friends. Help your child develop friendships, especially when they’re young. Schedule play dates, get them involved in activities, and have conversations about what makes friendships healthy.
When kids are passive or give in all the time, they may get taken advantage of or bullied. Teach your child to be assertive by encouraging them to express their thoughts and feeling, and to stand up for their rights.
Everyone deserves respect and has value. When children recognize this, they’re less likely to bully others and more likely to stand up against bullying. Stress to your kids that everyone deserves respect and that they shouldn’t surround themselves with people who aren’t respectful.
Teaching your child how to deal with problems without letting it affect them is a valuable life skill. Resiliency helps kids counteract the impact of bullying and what’s more, kids who are resilient can be honest about their feelings and communicate how they’re feeling to others.
When kids can feel empathy for others, they are in tune with what others are feeling and often communicate care and concern. To teach your child empathy, model the behavior at home. Demonstrate care and concern for others by donating to the needy or volunteering at a food bank.
Teach your child to identify their feelings and manage their impulses. Also, give your child tools for solving conflicts such as learning to collaborate and to anticipate consequences.