What Is the Difference Between Conflict and Bullying?

Gratuitous references to bullying will create a “boy who cried wolf” phenomenon in which adults no longer act with urgency to protect the children who need them most.

Why Banning Social Media Is Not the Best Answer for Kids

A head-in-the-sand approach ill prepares kids to deal with the world in which they live and creates a fervor to use social media in sneaky, risky ways.

Why Passive Aggressive Behavior Thrives in the Workplace

Passive aggressive workers make for an unpleasant office atmosphere at best and utter sabotage of productivity at worst.

Passive Aggressive Notes

An 8-year-old boy replaces aggression with passive-aggression, in response to his mother's attempt to punish him.

The Most Important 5 Minutes You Can Spend to Stop Bullying

Young people don’t care if we have all of the right words or if we sometimes give “out-there” advice.  What they do care about is that we genuinely care about them.

7 Ways to Help Kids End Bullying

The real antidotes to bullying are not found in policies and procedures but rather in person-to-person connections, grounded in kindness and empathy.

4 Reasons That Passive Aggression Thrives Online

For the passive aggressive person, the relative anonymity of screens and apps has become an ideal Get-Out-of-Guilt-Free card.

How to Listen So That Kids Will Talk About Bullying

Why is it that so many young people are so loathe to talk to their caregivers about bullying?

Understanding Passive Aggressive Behavior

While anger is generally experienced as an uncomfortable emotion, the passive-aggressive person derives pleasure out of frustrating others.

Passive-Aggressive Behavior in the Classroom

Learn how to recognize the red flags of passive aggression in the classroom and gain effective strategies for how to change this troubling pattern of behavior.

The Most Important Thing About Bullying Prevention

What is your mantra for bringing an end to bullying—in seven words or less?

Is Your Kid's Tattling Making You Crazy?

Somewhere in between the extremes of gratuitous tattling and shame-based cover ups, we must help kids find a tenable middle ground for reaching out to trustworthy adults.

My Brain Made Me Do It! Neuroscience for Kids Who Need It

Connecting stress management strategies with age-appropriate brain science can offer a pathway of insight and self-regulation for children.

What Does Bullying Look Like?

The ability to distinguish between degrees of bad behavior may seem like splitting hairs at first

5 Do’s and Don’ts of Helping Kids Handle Bullying

The bad news is that bullying is pervasive among school-aged kids. The good news is that there are many ways parents can safeguard their children and empower them to cope

6 Tips for Confronting Passive-Aggressive People

Do you know someone who is overtly cooperative but covertly defiant? Do you live or work with a person who carries out tasks with intentional inefficiency?

15 Red Flags of Passive-Aggressive Behavior at Work

Compliant defiance and hostile cooperation wreak havoc in the workplace. How to recognize passive aggressive behavior before your office is sabotaged.

5 Ways That Passive-Aggressive People Thrive Online

Today’s technology affords anyone who wants to mask their anger or aggression a perfect front.

The Baby and the Butterfly

How do you fight the urge to solve the kinds of challenges that are necessary for your child’s healthy emotional growth?

The Deafening Silence of Passive Aggressive Behavior

Has a relative, colleague, or friend ever gifted you with a passive aggressive present or backhanded compliment as their way of trying to prove a point or express their hostility wordlessly?

What My Children Teach Me About How to Live Well

What my children have taught me is that it is better to be a human being than a human doing.

Friends or Frenemies? Understanding Bullying in Schools

When kids and parents improperly classify rudeness and mean behavior as bullying, we all run the risk of becoming so sick and tired of hearing the word that this critical safety issue among young people loses its urgency as quickly as it rose to prominence.

10 Rules to Help Kids Use Smartphones Wisely

Smartphones can provide a direct route to cyberbullying, so being clear that apps, texts and phone calls are not to be used as tools of exclusion or cruelty is essential.

What Girls Can Say and Do to Stand Up to Bullying

When the simplicity of forming a friendship just by climbing the same jungle gym is replaced by the intricacy of scaling middle-school social ladders, how can you teach your daughter the skills she needs to stay strong in the face of friendship drama and bullying?

The Backlash Against Bullying Prevention

It is important to distinguish between rude, mean, and bullying so that teachers, school administrators, police, youth workers, parents, and kids all know what to pay attention to and when to intervene.

Helping Girls Cope with Bullying and Frenemies

Adults often struggle with the question of, "Should I intervene in a child's friendship problems?" We waver between wanting to protect young people from the pain of broken friendships and believing that bullying is an inevitable rite of passage. The bottom line is this; no child should have to find her way through painful conflict all alone.

Ten Kid-Friendly Rules for Texting With Respect and Dignity

There isn’t a simple one-age-fits-all guideline for texting and social media use, but parents can teach kids how to use technology in safe, dignified, respectful ways.
What Parents Can Do When Their Kids' Friendships End Badly

What Parents Can Do When Their Kids' Friendships End Badly

What can you do for your child when he or she is on the receiving end of a sudden deep freeze from former friends?

What Parents and Educators Can Do When Kids Report Bullying

True helping does not necessitate rushing in to solve all of a young person’s troubles single-handedly, but rather implies a process in which an adult guides a young person to solve problems independently and with dignity. What follows are five steps to guide parents and professionals in responding well when a young person reports an incident of bullying.

Cell Phone or E-Reader: Which Comes First?

Middle school is a time of enormous transition for tweens. When parents give their kids new freedoms and privileges in stages, they exercise sound judgment and avoid overwhelming their children with too much, too soon. But there's a flaw in the iPod-before-cell phone logic.