What is one seemingly positive characteristic of a bully?
Great leadership skills. They can gather a group of followers and move in a pack to accomplish a lot. Most bullies use this skill for negative outcomes, but think of what good could be accomplished if we taught bullies to use this strength for good?
We need to teach bullies that great leaders have certain qualities. Bullies can be taught that they are great leaders, and great leaders use their leadership skills for good. The bully can be taught this by the assignment of positive leadership tasks. For example, assign the bully to a time of day to make sure each and every kid is taken care of. At lunch, the bully ensures each child has food and is not eating alone. If she is, charge the bully with finding a solution. At PE, have the bully ensure each girl is picked first on a team at least once and gets to be team captain at least once.
Once the bully feels the power of leading for good, she may just become one of the best leaders and members of the class. Make strong powered kids into true positive leaders and see more leaders and team players blossom!
For more on handling bullies, read Mean Girls and bullying Boys: How Parents Can Help, and How to Include Bullying In Your Child’s IEP.