Although most children can be helped by a school-based counsellor, some will require an external referral. This reduces stigma, respects family privacy and reduces any defensiveness for the target, bully and their families. Children are less threatened in a non-school environment. They may be more likely to commit to learning new skills. Besides, the logistics of organising appointments, transport, babysitters and fees demonstrates to children that their parents are serious about blocking bullying.
How are you currently doing with all of the strategies discussed in this chapter? If you are already implementing many or most of them, well done - your child will soon be showing the benefits of your good work. However, if most of them are new to you, you need to have a good think about how they can apply to your family, and start implementing them.
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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.