Bullying Prevention- 5 Tips to Help Kids Build Self-Confidence

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It’s incredibly challenging as a parent when your child is being bullied at school. Bullying can be damaging to your child’s self esteem in ways that can seem impossible to recover from. You need to address the direct cause of bullying by working with teachers and school administrators. You also need to manage the mental effects of the child who has been the victim of bullying. Here are five ways to help bullied kids re-build their self-confidence:

  1. Invest in something they love. If your child is passionate about music, dancing, writing, or anything else, make an investment in that passion. Sign them up for classes or buy them books on the subject. As they get better at what they love, they’ll gain confidence.
  2. Get physical. Exercise can be enormously beneficial in building confidence. Sign your child up for team sports, or if they don’t like sports, get them involved in a physical activity like hiking or biking. As they get physically stronger, they will become mentally stronger as well.
  3. Be a positive role model. Your children look to you, their parent, as a role model. If you act with confidence, it can inspire them to act in that way as well. Try to be the best, most positive role model possible for your kids.
  4. Talk to them, but more importantly listen to them. After dealing with something traumatic like bullying, you need to keep lines of communication open with your child. Talk to them. Tell them you love them, and support them, but more importantly- listen to them. Let them tell you how they feel, and what they need.
  5. Call in reinforcements. Finally, if you feel like you are out of options, get help. Talk to a psychiatrist, and get advice on the best course of action for your child.

For additional help, contact a Riley physician. Mental health and physical health are directly connected.

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