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Teasing: When Words Hurt

Published September 2011: eHow Family & Relationships

Teasing: When Words Hurt
Help Your Child Differentiate Between Mean Words and Playful Banter

Article Excerpt:

It’s no secret that teasing is a natural part of life for kids. But when teasing goes too far, it’s difficult for your child to differentiate between mean words and playful banter. The temperament and personality style of the receiver is a major factor in the equation, according to Dr. Fran Walfish, child psychotherapist and author of “The Self-Aware Parent.”

“If the receiver is an exquisitely sensitive person, he or she may feel deeply injured by innocent teasing,” Walfish said. Teaching your child to assess teasing and address the behavior on his own can shape his ability to handle conflict in social situations.

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– Shannon Philpott



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