There is a link between violence and low self-esteem.
While it is important to teach children that they are responsible for any misdeeds, it is equally important to build their self-confidence by praising them for good behavior and accomplishments.
A child who is loved and treated kindly at home learns to love others and treat them kindly as well.
It is also important to support school policies in this area.
Know the school’s rules about discipline, and reinforce them at home. Take an interest in your child’s homework and school activities.
Be sure to clarify behavior standards. Be very clear about your expectations for behavior at home, at school, and in the community.
Identify the consequences for breaking rules. Explain why you disapprove of behavior such as destroying property, bullying, or harming others.
Put your child on notice that TV shows, movies, music, and magazines with violent or pornographic themes are not permitted in your home.
All these suggestions are intended to reinforce for children the idea that violence is not a solution to problems they may encounter.
These are the first steps to helping create a safe, secure, and nurturing environment for all.