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If You Think Your Child May Be a Bully ...

Carry out Consequences

Set consequences for your child's bullying, and be sure to stick to them.
Set consequences for your child's bullying, and be sure to stick to them.
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Once you and your child identify and practice new ways of handling aggression-luring situations, establish specific rewards for good behavior and punishments for bad, and respond with them consistently. Enlist help for monitoring your child's behaviors. Your child's favorite teacher, for example, may be the best one to monitor behavior. Whomever you choose, you will need someone who can accurately report back to you the behaviors they are seeing, especially as you guide your child into practicing and excelling at new, better ways of relating to others.

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