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AES Student Counselor

School Counselors


  • Encourage your child to deal with normal levels of anger and conflict. This is part of the learning process.
  • Understand that bullies and victims are both parts of the same problem
  • Bully and victims are learned behavior patterns
  • Bully/Victim behavior may be mental as well as physical
  • Bullies at school are often victims at home
  • Help your child feel good about herself/herself
  • Teacher your child ways to keep from being picked on
  • Provide positive ways to get attention and feel important
  • If possible, move your child to a more nurturing environment
  • Step in when safety of your child is threatened


General Suggestions for Providing Support for Your Child

1. Time: Schedule special uninterrupted times to be with your child. Only work when both of you are alert. Short meetings of less than an hour are best.

2. Listen Carefully: All of your child's feelings are valid and need to be expressed. You don't have to agree; just let the child know that you are listening and you hear them.

3. Flexibility: Let your child guide you. The resulting discussion may be different from what you had in mind.

4. Non-logical/Irrational: Emotions involve feelings rather than logic. Don't be surprised if your "sensible" suggestions are rejected.

5. Age-appropriate: Use words and concepts that are right for the age and development of your child.

6. Upgrade your parenting skills: Attend parent raining programs and participate in school activities.

7. Professional services: Meet with your child's counselor. She can provide valuable support.