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Behaviors At Home

The Bully

Behavior: How exactly is my child behaving?

  • Pushes people around, verbally and physically.

  • Threatens others continually.

  • Has a bad temper—and often a bad mouth. Brags loudly and often about his or her strength.

  • Extremely negative. Also has a very poor self-concept. As a result, becomes aggressive with other people at the first hint of trouble. A close look will reveal that this child always thinks others are trying to "put down" or take advantage of him or her.

  • Talks back. Usually very public in announcing what he or she plans to do.

  • Often has learning problems.

  • Uses physical aggression but, generally, only outside the home or classroom. Makes verbal threats about what he or she will do after leaving the classroom or home.

  • If articulate, may be verbally aggressive.

  • Degrades others and humiliates others in public view.

  • Generally either a loner with few friends or a gang leader. Those who join gangs identify with the bully in order to intimidate others. Regardless, the bully usually has a genuine reputation for being a fighter.

  • Responds to all interaction negatively and physically.

  • Looks for trouble.

  • Friends or friends' parents may promote fighting.

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Please Note
We are labeling behaviors, not children! For the sake of convenience, we will describe behaviors with terms such as The Whiner or The Interrupter.

Never use such labels when talking to—or about—children! Doing so could cause many new problems and seriously damage the teacher-student or parent-child relationship.