The last thing any parent wants to hear is that their child is being bullied at school. There are several reasons a child might be bullied, and none of them are good. The negative effects bullying can have on young people can haunt them through their entire lives. If you know your child is the victim of this, don’t lose hope. Whether the bullying is because of their weight, height, or brains, here are some tips to help you, and your child, overcome their fears and end bullying.
Remind Them They Did Nothing Wrong
The first thing to remind your son or daughter if they’re being bullied is that it’s not their fault. Teenagers and children who are bullied for being overweight often believe they deserve to be bullied.
Rebecca Puhl, an expert in the area explained, “A lot of teens internalize the stigma of being overweight and blame themselves for being bullied. They think it’s their fault for not being thin.” The best thing you can do as a parent in this situation is reinforce the inner strength of your child.