My son is a 5th grader and getting ready to head to middle school next year. He told me that he's getting made fun of a lot for how often he cries. He is a sensitive kid. He has had problems with bullying the last two years. And he and I are worried that crying too often will make him a target. I told him I'd try to brainstorm some ideas to help him keep from crying when he's upset at school.
Anyone have any tips?
My brother had this issue and they did bully him for his sensitivity throughout junior high and highschool. It is so hard. He made a couple really good friends who were good to him and just brushed of everyone else. he also joined wrestling and found a lot of confidence and so on there. Its such a hard age and kids can be so mean. :(
If you click on the student or parent section, there are links to funny videos and books. The basic idea is to bullyproof your kid by helping them realize they must try their best to not get upset. Social rules at school are like a game and the only way you lose is if you get upset. There are role playing techniques, which may help your son. It will probably take many, many times to play this with him but eventually it will help him deal with these problems in the real world (just by practicing and making it more like second nature). There's also a terrific comic book called "SuperDren" - nerd spelled backwards - that is written for kids.