Arm your kid with these powerful comebacks.
It seems like every day, there’s another gut-wrenching headline about kids being picked on, tormented or worse. The fact is, a child is bullied on the playground every seven minutes, according to the advocacy group Stomp Out Bullying, and it's estimated that as many as 160,000 U.S. children a day stay home from school out of fear of being targeted, says Denver-based child psychologist Sheryl Ziegler, PsyD.
Clearly, the problem isn’t going away anytime soon, but you can help your child stand their ground little more confidently if he or she becomes the target of a trash-talking bully. “Kids often don't know what to say, so they stand there, frozen,” Ziegler notes. Here are a few powerful tools you can give them, in the form of smart retorts that dial down the heat.