Hudson Valley Parent

October 2013

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teacher in Pine Bush and a mother of three, says it's essential to deal with both sides in a bullying situation. "I think as an educator it is important to alleviate the situation and speak to the parties involved. There is often something going on with the "bully" — something that causes him or her to bully another child. Often times, they just need talk to someone and to know that someone cares." According to Lallathin, a child who bullies others may have issues at home that need to be addressed. "At the same time, the child who is the victim of the bullying must be heard and appropriate actions must be taken so the hurtful behavior stops." What you can do Middle school is a training ground for building resiliency for later years and can prove to be quite challenging for most young people. It's hard to imagine a student who will not have some issue with insecurity or a broken heart sometime during their school career. Always encourage your children to do their absolute best and seek out like-minded individuals with similar temperaments and interests. Teach them right from wrong and praise them when they display maturity. As a parent you are your child's best advocate and, if something feels wrong, it probably is. Be the role model they need and remind them to always be true to themselves so they will like what they see when they look in the mirror. Most importantly, keep the lines of communication open. This will prepare them for what lies ahead during the high school years and beyond. Youth Programs at Gold's Gym LaGrange Laura Licata Sullivan is a freelance writer. She lives in Campbell Hall with her husband and three sons. Hudson Valley Parent 25 n paunovic and paunovic family dentistry pediatric dentistry family dentists pediatric dentists children's workshop of the catskills childrens workshop of the catskills childcare center child care center daycare center day care center youth programs at gold's gym lagrange soccer program basketball program yoga class dance class fitness class after school program basketball league football league

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