How to talk to another parent about their problematic child

Childhood tiffs are common but bullying is another matter, says author Stella O’Malley

It’s natural to want to protect your children from distress, but sometimes we step in too quickly.

It’s natural to want to protect your children from distress, but sometimes we step in too quickly.

Raising concerns about a child’s behaviour to a parent can feel awkward or even scary. It’s important to keep perspective and remain calm.

So your child has run into difficulty with another child

If your child has just told you what happened, step away from the phone. It’s natural to want to protect them from distress, but sometimes we step in too quickly, says psychotherapist and author Stella O’Malley. “Children should have the freedom to fall out with each other. It’s harder for them to fall back in once adults are involved.”

The Irish Times
Please subscribe or sign in to continue reading.
The Irish Times

How can I keep reading?

You’ve reached an article that is only available to Irish Times subscribers.

Subscribe today and get the full picture for just €1 for the first month.

Subscribe No obligation, cancel any time.