It may seem harmless or even polite to insist that a child hugs or kisses an aunt or grandparent when she is obviously not comfortable. But when we do this we risk socializing children to endure touch they don't want.
Assertive responses are particularly effective in countering bullying because the child who masters this type of direct, emotionally honest communication demonstrates that a bully's attacks will be answered in a fair, but formidable way.
Parents who teach their kids how to stand up for themselves are particularly effective in countering bullying. Teach your child these four rules for using assertive communication to stand up to bullying behavior.