Stories about: Dr. Jessica Tsai

Holiday travel got you down? A parent’s guide for planning

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The holidays can be a stressful time for all families, especially when it comes to traveling. Boston Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Jessica Tsai offers some quick tips to keep your children healthy–and family stress to a minimum, during your holiday travels.

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What if my child is a bully? A parent’s guide to end the bullying

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When Samantha was 10 years old, she was bullied by a classmate. Read her story.

It’s a busy day at work. Your phone rings, and the principal at your child’s school tells you your child is bullying other students. What do you do?

Popular media tends to focus just on the children who are bullied. So, what about the children who are bullies? According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, approximately 30 percent of young people admit to bullying others. Research also shows that bullies are at greater risk for delinquent behavior and may experience adverse physical and mental health consequences including poor academic achievement, depressive symptoms and more.

Here are some tips to help parents start the conversation, and stop the bullying:

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Advocating for your child: A parent’s guide to ending bullying

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Bullying hurts.

Imagine walking down the middle school hallway and someone insults you as you pass by.

Picture entering the school bathroom and watching as another student takes your backpack and dumps the contents on the floor.

Imagine being pushed by a classmate in the cafeteria or reading mean comments on social media.

These are common scenarios of a child being victimized by a bully.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 3.2 million children report being bullied during the school year. It is also estimated a staggering 160,000 teenagers miss school every day because of the fear of being victimized.

When your child is being bullied, it hurts. Parents want to help their child end the abuse but are often uncertain how to go about it. Here is a parent’s guide to advocacy.

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