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Unlocking the Secrets: Inside the Mind of Your Child Who Bullies

Being a parent comes with many challenges, and one of the toughest is discovering that your child is engaging in bullying behavior. It's natural to feel a mix of emotions, but it's important to understand that supporting your child doesn't mean condoning their actions. In this post, we will explore ways to approach the situation with empathy and guidance, aiming to help your child change their behavior while maintaining a loving relationship.


1. Recognize the Signs and Take Action:

It's crucial for parents to recognize the signs that their child may be engaging in bullying behavior. Watch for bullying tendencies such as aggression, manipulation, exclusion, or disrespect towards others. Once you have identified the issue, don't ignore it - addressing the problem head-on is essential.

2. Create an Open-Dialogue:

Initiating an open and non-judgmental conversation with your child is vital. Make it clear that you love them unconditionally while expressing concern about their behavior. Encourage them to share their feelings, emotions, and experiences, and take the time to listen actively without interrupting.

3. Teach Empathy:

Understanding the feelings others is a critical skill for your child to develop. Encourage empathy by discussing the consequences of their actions, putting them in the shoes of those affected by their behavior. Teach them to consider the impact their actions have on others and help them understand of fairness. 


Dr. Muhammad Zeshan Headshot Dr. Muhammad Zeshan My name is Muhammad Zeshan, MD, and I am a Harvard trained infant, child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist at Inside Out, a private practice based in Princeton, New Jersey. I am currently working as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School-Newark, New Jersey. Through Inside Out CURE, my focus is to help individuals become more Compassionate, Understanding, and aware of their inner strength and vulnerabilities, while developing Resilience and Empathy. I offer a variety of mental health care services to all age groups (infancy through adulthood) by applying principals of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, positive psychology, family therapy, parent-child intervention therapy, pharmacology, and neuroscience.

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