If you’ve been the victim of a bully, then you know how difficult it can be. Bullies are everywhere and they come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, these bullies can even be family members! When faced with this situation, what do you do? In this blog post, I will share 5 strategies that have helped me deal with my family’s bullies.
It can be very difficult to deal with family bullies. You want to make sure that you are able to take care of yourself and not let their behavior affect your mental health. This post is going to give you some strategies on how you can deal with family bullies without feeling the need to retaliate or resorting back to unhealthy behaviors like self-harm, anxiety, depression, etc.
1. When you are dealing with a family bully, it is important to understand their motivation
Start by trying to understand their behavior. If they are trying to make you feel uncomfortable or get your goat, it is usually because they want power and control.
They may be suffering from low self-esteem and try to take out their insecurities on others. If this person knows that there will be no consequences for their behavior then it can continue indefinitely; however, if the person is aware of consequences they may stop!
2. Family bullies often feel threatened and have low self-esteem
Family bullies often attack those with low self-esteem. They may feel threatened by people who are successful or have the ability to make a change in their life. Family bullies usually lack confidence and self-esteem, so they try to take power from others and abuse them with words like: “You’re stupid,” and, “You’ll never amount to anything.”
This can lead someone into depression – all because of a family member!
3. It’s important to be assertive when dealing with family bullies – they will respect your boundaries
Try to be assertive with family bullies. This will give you the power in the relationship and let them know their behavior is unacceptable!
4. Family bullies often resort to name-calling or put-downs as a way of getting attention from others so don’t feed into it by responding in kind
Name-calling is a popular tactic.
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If you are being bullied by a family member then it can be difficult to deal with – especially if they’re in close proximity all day, every day!
5. If you are being bullied by someone close to you, tell an adult about the situation for advice on how best to handle it
If you are a victim of bullying tell another adult. If you are a victim of bullying tell another adult about the situation for advice on how best to handle it, then take action.
This is often because bullying behavior reflects how the bully sees themselves. They may use this as an opportunity to feel better about themselves or get attention from others so don’t let it get you down.
6. Remember that bullying can take many forms and not just physical violence – cyberbullying is also common these days so make sure you know what constitutes bullying before blaming yourself for something another person may have done
Bullying is more than physical violence. Cyberbullying is common these days, so make sure you know what constitutes bullying before blaming yourself for something another person may have done.
If your situation doesn’t improve, tell someone else who can help you out with the problem or find other people to hang out with while at home. The more time you spend around others that appreciate you!
The best way to deal with family bullies is to call out their behavior and let them know that you’re on your own side. If they persist, tell a parent or other adult in the house what’s going on. We can help! Contact us today for more information about how we can make sure your time at home isn’t filled with bullying from those closest to you.
Don’t let family bullies get under your skin – especially at family reunions. It can be hard, but if you stay strong, eventually they’ll get bored and move on. There are other ways of dealing with a bully that doesn’t involve violence or being passive either; for instance, one time my sister told me I couldn’t put anything in the freezer because she had taken it over as her personal space. All I did was buy myself another freezer! If these tips aren’t working out for you or there’s something more serious going on at home, please reach out anytime- our team would love to help however we can!