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Barbara Cavallo

The topic of bullying raises questions about why this occurs and what can be done about it. We at Partnership with Children, a social services agency, deal directly with issues such as bullying and harassment.

We released a handbook geared to parents called ”Taming the Bullying Monster: A Guide to Help Your Child Cope with Bullying,”. It offers specific tips for parents on how to help their children cope with and overcome bullying. In addition, the handbook is helpful to parents whose children might be bullying. To create the guide, we drew on our more than 16 years of experience operating Open Heart-Open Mind, our school-based early intervention and preventive services program that is used in 27 of New York's most challenging schools.

Partnership with Children offers the "Triple A Response: Ally, Advocate, Action." This three-pronged approach teaches parents how to strengthen communication with their children, serve as their advocates and develop strategies for empowering their children.

Parents can help children learn effective techniques that include meditating, reading inspirational stories and performing simple physical exercises to cope with stressful situations such as bullying. These techniques and their positive results can be carried over into adulthood.

Barbara Cavallo
Associate Executive Director of Programs
Partnership With Children

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