So who is the bully? We have discussed signs to look for if your child is being bullied. But there are moms and dads out there who want to know if their son is a bully. Maybe they have been notified their child is bullying other children in school. Here are some of the signs and symptoms according to expert
Marlene Snyder, Ph.D.
The bully: signs and symptomsA youngster who is bullying other kids may display one or more of the following behaviors at home*:
- Has a strong need to dominate and subdue others; asserts himself with power and threats to get his own way.
- Intimidates his siblings or kids in the neighborhood.
- Brags about his actual or imagined superiority over other kids.
- Is hot-tempered, easily angered, impulsive, and has low frustration tolerance. Has difficulty conforming to rules and tolerating adversities and delays. If he has the impulsive/hyperactive type of AD/HD, that could explain some of these behaviors; if so, it's important to work with his doctor and teachers to address and manage such behaviors.
- Oppositional, defiant, and aggressive behavior toward adults, including teachers and parents.
- Antisocial or criminal behavior (such as stealing or vandalism), often at a relatively early age. He may hang out with the "wrong crowd."