Like it or not, bullying is everywhere. But many parents may not realize the cause of bullying is the way a child handles his frustration: by threatening, bullying or hurting other people, or by destroying property.
Here are a few tips on dealing with aggressive behavior:
Try to identify the things that trigger his negative behavior. Aggressive behavior is often a kid's response to stressors in his life.
Tell your child that his aggressive behavior will absolutely not be tolerated. Children must learn how to manage their aggression and channel negative feelings in acceptable ways.
Do not—we repeat—do not punish your child's behavior by using any form of physical punishment. Physical punishment will only make the problem worse—it teaches kids to link feelings of anger with aggression.
If your child is bullying another child, be sure that the issue is handled in a way that is healing to both the victim and the bully.
If your child has damaged property, have him apologize to the owner and pay for the damages. You may have to pay for the damage initially, but he can pay you back by doing extra chores.
Praise your child when he controls his anger in a sticky situation. It's so, so important to recognize the progress he's making.report abuse