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The best thing you can do to keep your child safe from bullying

October 17, 2017

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Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Claire McCarthy, MD, is a primary care pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In addition to being a senior faculty editor for Harvard Health Publishing, Dr. McCarthy … See Full Bio
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Mary R Mcdermith
October 20, 2017

My granddaughter was taught a very effective way to stop the bullies of any age. Call her a brat and her hand goes on her hip and she replies’I certainly hope so, I work at it’ . Told she was weird she replied that was a great compliment. It meant that she was an original. She is very bright and came up with many clever answers to any and all insults. It truly was a water off the ducks back approach to bullies. This can be taught to all kids. They don’t have to internalize nastiness directed at them. It leads to a very deep respect for the kid from all concerned. It also helps to give your girls some martial arts training.

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