Do you suspect your child is being bullied? It's a fact! We've all been bullied! I think we can all agree that being bullied isn't fun, nor is it good for our child's self esteem. How can you spot the warning signs of bullying? How can you talk about it with your child? What plan of action can be developed to defend against a bully? Although the subject of bullying is far more in-depth than this article, the following plan of action will help provide you with some helpful tools to combat bullying in what seems to be an epidemic in our schools.
Signs of Bullying
It's important to note that not all children will show signs of bullying. But please be observant of your child and notice any changes in their behaviour. One of the best ways to stay informed is to keep the lines of communication open and positive. Check in regularly and let them know you are always there to help them no matter what the problem. Always be prepared to listen.
How to Talk about Bullying
What to do when Confronted by a Bully
Unfortunately, the odds are high that at some point in our lives we will need to physically defend ourselves, especially when we are children. Children are still developing coping mechanisms to deal with conflict. As such, when children can't communicate verbally, it is natural for them to act out physically. It is likely that if a bully is verbally abusive then he/she will eventually become physically abusive. Now that you've taught your children what to do if confronted verbally by a bully, wouldn't it then make sense for children to also be prepared physically if reasoning with a bully fails?
Taekwon-do for Self Defense
Taekwon-do is much more than kicking and punching. Taekwon-do is a discipline developed to cultivate the mind and body on the foundation of moral culture. Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit, are the tenets of Taekwon-do. Students are taught respect, physical fitness, body awareness and camaraderie in a fun and safe atmosphere. Developing the mind and body together utilizing the benefits of Taekwon-do are imperative when combating the verbal and physical assaults of a bully.
Benefits of Taekwon-do against Bullying