How do you handle the situation?
I think there are a couple different ways of approaching the situation correctly. I also think that there are unique situations and each should be handled uniquely.
Having two children of our own both of both of our girls have come home complaining of having confrontations with other kids in school.
Sometimes the best thing we can do is to coach our children through the situation and help them learn how talk through their issues and attempt conflict resolution on their own.
In these situations it is good to enlist the help of teachers and school administration. They can monitor the situation and step in if and when the time becomes appropriate.
Other times it is best to talk through the situation thoroughly and immediately enlist the help of school workers. Most of the time school workers can handle the situation quietly and discreetly.
There are other circumstances where it may be best to contact the other child’s parents. Sometimes parents jump to this step quickly and inflame the situation. It is my opinion that this action should only be taken in certain situations:
1. If you already know and have a relationship with the other child’s parents.
2. If the school is not taking action to resolve the issue at hand.
3. If you can communicate in a way that will not inflame the situation.
4. If you are able to keep your own emotions in check.
No matter what the circumstance it is difficult when your child complains of being picked on and or bullied. Also, it’s a great opportunity to strengthen your relationship with your child!