Some children have been conditioned to behave independently. Sadly, like so many adults, they value the idea of not needing others. However, no-one truly achieves in life without the support of others. Even a bullfighter won't enter the bullring without support staff ready to intervene if there is danger. Nor can a child deal with long-term bullying or harassment on her own. See also Chapter 13.
Tell your child: Use the techniques in this book to begin blocking bullies on your own. At the same time get support, advice or help from others.
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Although nobody gets a parenting manual or bible in the delivery room, it is our duty as parents to try to make our kids as well rounded, happy and confident as possible. It is a lot easier to bring up great kids than it is to try and fix problems caused by bad parenting, when our kids have become adults. Our children are all individuals - they are not our property but people in their own right.