It’s especially important if your child stands out at school because of an ethnic difference, a learning disability or a physical trait.
Share these suggestions with your child:
- Practice standing up for yourself. It’s hard work to accept teasing without getting angry or sad. But these emotions are exactly what the teaser hopes to achieve. Instead, practice looking someone in the eye and saying something like, “You can talk, but I don’t have to listen.” Then walk away.
- Choose friends carefully. Not everyone is a teaser. In fact, most kids look down on those who are cruel to others. Stick with a couple of supportive friends.
- Be a friend. Don’t tease others. If you treat others unkindly, you can expect to be treated that way yourself. Being kind and friendly to everyone will eventually earn you a lot of respect.
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