Elevating Early Childhood

What to Do When Parents Bring Up Bullying

Feb. 20, 2023

In the last two episodes, Dan St. Romain and I sat down and discussed everything from how to teach your students to become more independent to how to get them not to interrupt you during small group time.

Today, he and I will be tackling another hot topic: What to do when a parent tells you their child is being bullied. 

Nothing strikes fear in a teacher's heart more than hearing from a parent who says their child has been bullied. 

As a teacher, hearing those words makes us feel like we’ve let our students down. 

Bullying should never happen in the preschool classroom, that’s a given. But once a parent mentions it, there's no going back.

What's the first thing you should do? And what words should you use to discuss it with your young students’ parents? 

These are a few of the questions Dan and I discuss and answer in today’s episode.

Are you ready?

Let’s dive in!


Key Takeaways:

What to do when one of your students is getting bullied (00:00)

Has bullying increased? (01:52)

The importance of building a positive relationship with parents (07:11)

What if you haven’t had time to develop the relationship? (13:28)

Is it bullying or normal early childhood behavior? (20:28)


Additional Resources:

- Got a burning question for Vanessa? Get your answer on the Elevating Early Childhood podcast here.

- Visit our website to find tons of pre-K teaching resources here.

- Get my book “Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers”.

- Learn more about my exclusive mentorship program, “Teaching Trailblazers”.

- Learn more about Dan St. Romain here.

- Get Dan’s book here.


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