While researching my lesson plan on Bullying for Answer Keys, I read tons of research, opinion papers and spoke with friends, family and former students who were involved in incidents of bullying.
I like the above article because it does give parents some concrete ways to communicate with their children. Moreover, it talks about how a culture of intimidation at home could lead children to develop into bullies.
As parents, we need to consistently stay in check with our children, no matter their age or their attitude. They are listening, they do want to know we care, and we do have tremendous influence over their choices and who they become later in life.
What do you do to stay close with your kids?