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Preparing your Kindergartner for Dealing with Bullying

by Nicole Etolen

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Sending your little one off to kindergarten is one of the most bittersweet moments in a parent’s life. On the one hand, you’re so proud to see the little being that they’ve grown into. On the other hand, that’s your baby heading off into the world without you! Of all the things you’ll need to prepare your child for before starting kindergarten, you may not think bullying is high up on the list. After all, we’re talking about 5-year-old children here! Not exactly the demographic that we would imagine spending a lot of time dealing with bullying!

Preparing your Kindergartner for Dealing with Bullying

The sad fact is bullying starts earlier than ever. In some cases, it may even begin as early as during the preschool years!  The American Education Research Association issued a report back in April on bullying in which they said that bullying is “one of the greatest health risks to children and young adults…” The report goes on to say that many personnel in schools are ill-equipped to deal with the problem. As parents, we have to step in and teach our children how to recognize bullying. We also have to provide them with answers their young minds so desperately seek.

Tips for Preparing Your Kindergartner for Dealing with Bullying

This conversation should be the beginning of an ongoing dialogue between you and your child, not just a one-time talk. Throughout the school year, make sure to keep an eye out for cases of bullying. Make talks about how the day went part of your after-school routine. Ask about friends and teachers. Don’t make it seem like you’re looking for a negative answer, just let the conversation flow naturally and stay alert. Chances are your kindergartner will have a terrific first year of school. It’s just good to keep an eye out for bullying so you can nip it in the bud early on!

Do you have any tips for preparing your kindergartner for dealing with bullying? We’d love to hear them!

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