You Just Found Out Your Kid Is Being a Bully. Now What?

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Ada Calhoun on Sep 8, 2010 at 2:32PM

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a Ada Calhoun on Sep 8, 2010 at 2:38PM

As parents, we love our kids more than anything else, so it's hard to hear they're behaving badly when we're not around. "Generally, there will be calls from the school saying your child has been involved in altercations," says Dr. Dorothy L. Espelage, co-author of Bullying Prevention and Intervention: Realistic Strategies for Schools.

Other warning signs? "He tends to solve problems by either hitting or with verbal sarcasm," says Michele Borba, parenting expert for iVillage and author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions. If you hear yourself telling him, "That wasn't kind" repeatedly, and the behavior isn't changing, perhaps it's time to admit there's a real problem.

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