October is Anti-Bullying Awareness Month, and it is not getting the attention that it needs. Bullying can start at a very young age, and it has to be recognized by the supervising parents to alert your child that the behavior that he or she is engaging in, is actually bullying. It may start innocent, and grow into intentional actions. Stop it before it gets into a habit. Teach your children young about feelings and the importance of being kind to others. Bullying can lead to serious injury to others and it even causes people to commit suicide, this is not okay, and it is up to YOU as a parent to make it stop before it starts. Recognize that your child may have the tendencies to grow into a bully and redirect his or her behavior as soon as you can. Studies show that in most instances a child becomes a bully because of some buried trouble or issue in their own lives, so find out what is causing your child to act in a way that causes him/her to show no compassion for another human, it is not a natural instinct, it is a learned comping mechanism. If you do not know how to deal with the issue yourself, there are resources and support out there for you and your child. I am not a therapist, I am an attorney and a trained Guardian Ad Litem. I am writing from my own experiences through my own work.
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