From the Counselor’s Corner
Coping with teasing
v Strategies for parents
· Listen to your child’s story
· Validate their feelings
· Do not overreact
· Teach coping strategies
v Coping strategies parents can teach their kids
· Ignore: ignoring the teasing can be an effective coping strategy. Acting as if nothing happened or walking away can reduce further teasing.
· Be assertive: teach kids to use “I” statements. For example, a child can say, “I feel upset when you make fun of my shoes. I would like you to stop.” Using “I” statements can be especially effective in a situations that is supervised.
· Visualization: teach kids to visualize words “bouncing off” them. This technique empowers them to feel like they can refuse put-downs.
· Ask for help: asking an adult for assistance or intervention is always an option for a child being teased.
-Easing the Teasing: How Parents Can Help Their Children, Eric Digest. http://www.ericdigests.org/2000-1/teasing.html