Recently I wrote about the normal ages and stages of adolescent development. If you read those posts, you may remember that as teenagers mature, their loyalty moves from their parents to their peers, with peer relationships becoming increasingly more important. Though acceptance from peer groups becomes principal in your teen’s life, the association can lead to undesirable […]
Much information is available on how to recognize signs that your teenager is being bullied. But, suppose you think your teenager may be someone who bullies others? That question can be a hard one to ponder for parents or caregivers. Worse, however, is the potential harm and tragic lasting consequences of bullying behavior to those who are bullied.
All of us who have had kids in school recognize that from the moment our students get on the bus it is possible that bullying can begin. I distinctly remember when our first son was in kindergarten. He experienced anxiety waiting for the bus because older kids were threatening him. I remember painful conversations, our own […]