Don’t Let Your Kid Be A Bully!

  • 19 Jun 2017

As parents, have you made an absolute effort to develop skills like kindness and empathy in your children rather than just making sure that they learn how to read and write?

Emotional intelligence doesn’t come naturally to all children because they miss the subtle signs of upsetting those around them, have a hard time putting themselves in other people’s shoes and even a hard time knowing how to be kind.

It is your responsibility to build empathy and kindness in your children. Never overlook on this because you are the sole person who can prevent your children from being a bully and save the life of another child!

Astro Ulagam found some easy steps to build empathy and kindness in your children.

1) Be A Role Model

Do you make fun of strangers? If you do, then stop it! Don’t degrade your spouse, pets or even kids. If you tell your child to be kind but you have an unkind behavior, your words will have little impact on their behavior. Be a wonderful role model for your child because they do what they see not what you tell them to do.

2) Reassess How You Tease Your Children

If you think your teasing is not cruel but your children reacts by crying and storming off, it’s time to stop. You may think that you’re just “toughening up” your children or being playful, but kids will often take it out on their peers. If mean spirited taunting is acceptable at home, then children will think it is acceptable elsewhere.

3) Highlight People’s Emotions

Help your children to identify non-verbal cues as to how others feel and help them put meaning behind emotions. Find someone showing an extreme emotion such as excitement, sadness or anger. Ask your child, “What do you think they’re feeling?” After all, empathy is when feelings are understood.

4) Teach Your Children The Joys Of Helping Others

Teach your child that even small acts of kindness goes a long way. Explain that it is nice to be helpful, even if the person doesn’t say thank you or appreciate it. Let them know that you should give to give not give to get. Be an example for your children and help strangers, friends and family.

5) Don’t Allow Rude Conversation

Kindness starts at home. Correct your child’s tone and improve their manners without being punitive because if you allow your child to talk rudely to you, they might think it is acceptable to talk to others that way as well.


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