How Can I Talk With My Children About Bullying?

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When your child is bullied, it can be difficult to know what to say to them or know what advice to offer. Julie Lowe is a counselor and faculty member for CCEF. She holds an M.A. in counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary, has over fifteen years of counseling experience, and teaches on topics ranging from parenting to marriage. Listen to Julie talk through three questions formulated to help parents guide their children when it comes to bullying.  

Consider the three questions Julie offered as a guide to talking to your kids about bullying.

  1. How do I keep my child safe? 
  2. How do I talk with my child about bullying?
  3. How does my child handle suffering? 
Talking to your children about bullying involves proactive parenting, which means guiding them along each step of the way. 

How can you keep your child safe? Can you protect them from bullying? When do you need to step in as a parent and intervene on your child’s behalf?
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Have you ever been bullied? How did it affect you? What do you wish you did differently? What advice would you offer your child based on your experience?
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What does it look like to walk with your child through suffering? How would you advise them to act? What resources can you provide for them?
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What steps can you take this week to talk to your child about bullying? Do you need to intervene on their behalf? If so, how? If not, what can you do to encourage them to love their enemies?
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You can’t always control if your child being bullied, but you can control how you react. Teach your children to be peacemakers who stand up for justice and love their enemies. 

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