Tips For Parents of Bullied Children

Don’t bully your children. (seems obvious).  Discipline your children in love.  Do not discipline in anger- this comes off as bullying. Protect your children from bullying. (Don’t assume it’s a phase and everyone goes through it.)  If you can’t assure their safety, change their school setting or consider home schooling.  Talk to them so that you are sure you are aware of what is going on in their lives.  It is common for a victim to resist telling parents out of shame.

Biblical principals:

Because God makes sure our challenges are endurable, so should parents do for their children: - 1Co 10:13  God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able; but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

Hope is essential: - Pro 13:12  Hope deferred makes the heart sick: but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

Teach your children to verbally resist.  “Use your words.”  Teach your child to use firm and loud language, make eye contact, and stand up straight.

Help them achieve in a way that gives them self-assurance.  Children need to know that they have innate worth as a child of God.  However, they also need to develop real-world skills and competencies.  Competence in any sport or physical skill is important for a child.  Learning self-defense is permissible but we must teach children that it is better to suffer a blow to the ego than to stoop to the level of the bully.

Help them defend the weak and come to the defense of others.  1 Thess. 5:14:  “Now we urge you brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the faint-hearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” Jesus gave us an example:  The woman who poured out expensive perfume was criticized by the disciples - “Leave her alone” (John 12:7).  Jesus defended her from criticism.

Pray for wisdom.  James 1:5

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