I have a wonderful, kind-hearted 5 1/2 year old son who is being picked on, bullied, etc. in class. He says it doesn't bother him, but his anxiey is showing up in other ways. Does anyone know the best first step to take?

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I had the same problem with my oldest who is now 9.  It started in Kindergarten, and like your son, said it didn't bother him, but he had started wetting the bed(which he never did before) , talking back, being short tempered with his little brother, nasty attitude with his father and i, etc.   I finally had enough with his attitude, sat him down, and told him to start talking.  I made it clear that he was not in trouble, i just wanted to know what was going on.  He and i decided to speak to his teacher.  She sat the all the kids involved down individually, and then together.  These conversations helped her and i get down to the bottom of the situation and it was quickly resolved.   The other kids simply did not know that he felt that way and didn;t know how their words and actions could hurt.  It ended up being a great learning opportunity for the entire class.. you could also chec out roots of empathy, a great program aimed at stopping bullying.

Renae - posted on 01/06/2009

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It's really hard to know what's really going on in your child's day at school when your not there. Talk to his teacher and have him/her intervene.  You son's teacher can pay closer attention to what's going on and change seating assignments and such to help keep the your son away from the other child and will make a point to talk to the class about proper social behavior.  My son has been in a similar situation and the teacher's involvement is really helpful.

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