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Are You the Father of a Bully?

by Rita Duponty

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When you hear that a young child was a victim of bullying, does your heart go out to that child? Or, perhaps you or a member of your family has been directly affected by a bully.  What if your child is the bully intimidating others?  Are you the father of a bully? As the father, you may be thinking that your child could never be a bully.  You may wonder,  is there anything you could have done to prevent your son or daughter from becoming the ugly bully?

I’m the father of a bully!

In all reality, most kids will be a bully at times.  Bullying becomes serious when it is a pattern of aggressive behavior. As a father and role model to your son or daughter, here are some common factors that may increase the chances of your child becoming a bully:

Fathers should always be aware of negative traits developing in their children such as lack of empathy toward others, inability to lose at games, and having an over-inflated view of themselves.  Perfection is not the goal.  However, fathers (as well as mothers) should stay alert to any negative thinking or behavior that becomes a pattern in their child that is impacting the child or others around them.

Fathers can be a positive reinforcement!

Here are a few suggestions for fathers, to prevent becoming the father of a bully:

Don’t get discouraged while working with your child.   Results from all your hard work may take some time to take root.  In addition, it should be noted that one out of five bullies suffer some other type of emotional, developmental, or behavioral problem. In these cases it may be necessary to seek professional assistance. You can also check out these Expert Bullying Prevention Tips.

Children learn by imitating those around them, especially those closest to them.  From infancy on, a father has the gifted opportunity to help shape a loving and respectful person.  Don’t be the father of a bully. Give your children one of the greatest gifts in life, a love for people.  If you do that, you will significantly reduce the chances that your child is the bully.

Updated December 2013 by Kimberly

Are You the Father of a Bully? is a post from: Our Family World
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