TEACHING YOUR CHILD THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ASSERTIVENESS AND AGGRESSIVENESS

THE CONNECT

Your child gets back from school and tells you something about a bully in his/her class and the first thing you do is to tell your child that he/she should stop acting weak or you run off to the child’s school to report this bully to his teachers OR your child uses sentences like “Don’t talk to me like that”; “If my name appears on the ‘noise-makers’ list, I’ll show you” amongst his or her peers and the first thing that comes to your mind as a parent especially in Nigeria is “he is strong” and you as a parent sees absolutely no reason to correct this child’s attitude towards his peers.

The reason why a child is bullied is because he or she is not assertive enough and the reason why a child would be a bully is because such a child is aggressive. Children learn social behaviors through…

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