Helping Kids Deal with Bullying
Bullying isn’t an easy topic to talk about – but it is definitely more of a trending topic today than it was 30 years ago. Unfortunately, bullying has always been around, and many parents still don’t know how to talk about it with their kids. We are extremely lucky in today’s internet-driven world. We have an abundance of information and help at our fingertips. In websites such as, Kidshealth.org, Stopbullying.gov and Tobecomeateacher.org there are many anti-bullying resources for educators, parents, kids, and even teenagers. Bullying is one of the topics that is thoroughly covered in various formats on the site.
Some of the basics are often things that we adults don’t think to share with children. When asked why bullies act a certain way, sometimes it’s good to have a probable answer.Kidshealth.org provides this explanation: “Some bullies are looking for attention. They might think bullying is a way to be popular or to get what they want. Most bullies are trying to make themselves feel more important. When they pick on someone else, it can make them feel big and powerful.”
Some bullies have home lives where their families are constantly angry and shouting all of the time. They may think that being angry, calling names, and pushing people around is a normal way to act. Some bullies are copying what they’ve seen someone else do. Sadly, many bullies have been bullied themselves.
Sometimes bullies know that what they are doing or saying hurts other people. But other bullies may not really know how hurtful their actions can be. Most bullies don’t understand or care about the feelings of others. Sometimes, it is hard to remember that and to not take things so personally, but just knowing these facts can often help kids with what they are going through.
Bullies often pick on someone they think they can have power over. They might pick on kids who get upset easily or who have trouble sticking up for themselves. Getting a big reaction out of someone can make bullies feel like they have the power they want. Sometimes bullies pick on someone who is smarter than they are or different from them in some way. Sometimes harrasors just pick on a kid for no reason at all. (http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/emotion/bullies.html)
Our staff is open to helping your children in a variety of ways – and in any area of their lives that we can be involved. We want to be able to talk about these issues with you and your kids. One great thing about living in a bigger city environment like we have here in the Dallas area is the abundance of resources and for other needs for your children, such as a well-educated staff in an advanced pediatric clinic. Unlike many clinics or healthcare facilities in the area, the Pediatric Clinic of Mesquite are 100% dedicated to pediatrics and adolescent care of all kinds – and are all about kids and convenience! Even if your child or children are involved in a bullying situation, we can help! Whether it is a talk with a doctor or references and resources for your classroom, we want to help. At our Mesquite location, the Night Clinic hours are weekdays from 5pm-10pm and on Saturdays from 8am-5pm. In addition, our locations in Garland and in Sunnyvale have Saturday hours of 9am-12pm. We know that keeping your kids healthy is one of your biggest priorities. That is the reason we make it our as well!
At all Pediatric Clinic locations, our staff works hard to meet the needs of every patient. From immunizations and flu shots to x-rays and ear infections, we commit to providing excellent healthcare services to all families. With many years of professional experience and the most innovative instruments and technology, all three Pediatric Clinic locations can deliver the best services to both well and sick children. Same-day appointments are available at all of our locations, Pediatric Clinic of Mesquite, Pediatric Clinic of Sunnyvale, and Pediatric Clinic of Garland.