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    3.    Process the incident
    It’s important to process your child’s reactions and feelings and you as the parent must facilitate this.

    •    If he says “I just kept quiet, understand his reasons. If he prefers not to deal with him, it may mean that your child is not affected.  If he says, “I kept quiet because I feel what he said was true,” it manifests some self-esteem concerns with your child, along with a negative self-image. If you note this, as well as fears of the other classmate, continue probing. You may ask, “Looking back now, what is it that you wish you did?”

    •    If he says “I told him to stop teasing,” affirm your child for standing his ground and taking courage to stop the other child. Whether the tease stopped or persisted, work on your child’s ability and confidence to deal with such a personality. Ask again, “How did you feel when you told him to stop?” This would help you gauge your child’s level of confidence and you may coach him along the way of asserting himself appropriately.

    •    If he says “I answered him back and called him names, too,” there may be further fights and power struggle. Though your child may be offended, the rules of living still applies and you should train them to be “assertive” instead of being “aggressive” when teased or offended by other children.  

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    4.    Affirm, assure, encourage
    If your child often hears negative comments either at home or in school, this may affect how he views himself. Note his growing confidence to face other kids’ teasing, or check out brewing self-esteem concerns. Be your child’s cheerleader by affirming his strength, assuring him of your love and support and encouraging him to take small but sure steps in handling such situations.  

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