How to Successfully Help Your Child Recover from Being Bullied
So, your child has been bullied.
Although it is difficult to watch your child suffer the effects of bullying first-hand, there are some things you can do to help speed up the healing process.
This will not be easy and your child may resist. But if you follow these guidelines you will have a much higher chance of success.
Firstly, you need to remember that many children are embarrassed and afraid to confide in anyone about being bullied, never mind their parents.
That is why only 39% of high schoolers report bullying incidents to an adult. And when they do approach their parents, the bullying experience is often downplayed.
Do not do this!
This is the number one mistake that parents make.
You need to remember that, for your child, their world is crumbling. So, if you minimise the incident – they will feel like you are not hearing them.
Whatever you do, don’t use phrases like:
“I am sure they didn't mean it.”
“Every school has bullies.”
“Don’t take it personally.”
Your child needs your compassion and understanding before they can feel it's safe to open up. Your job is to build trust so that they will feel comfortable talking to you.
Then you can start the healing process.
Now that you know what not to do, what must you do?