Word on the playground is that there is one kid in particular to watch out for. Sometimes he uses words to get his way. And sometimes he uses his fists. Naturally, as a parent you would be concerned about your child’s well-being. But what do you do when your child is the bully?
Just as the victims of aggressive children need guidance, so, too, do the aggressors. And often, bullies and victims are one and the same—bullied one day and bullying the next. In fact, children who fall on either or both sides of the bully-victim equation often suffer from problems such as depression and anxiety.
In some cases, bullies who are also victims may suffer from attention deficithyperactivity disorder, which may cause them to become irritable and combative. Their behavior may make them a target of aggressive behavior. The cycle continues when they turn this aggression on others.
Research also suggests that many bullies mimic what they see at home. If you suspect your child may be learning aggressive behavior from you or another family member, seek therapy immediately.