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Are Only Children Bullied More?

No Entourage, Do Only Children Get Bullied More?

When your wee one hits the playground, who has his back? A mother of one recently told me that her sweet 13-month-old daughter has been bullied at the park, even by kindergartners. Thinking back, I remembered my girl being knocked out of the slide line and having sand thrown in her eyes on a couple of occasions. Then my son was born and things changed because when my daughter sat in the sandbox, she had a sidekick. No one messes with my littlest guy since he's got an entourage in his two older siblings. Do bullies spare brothers and sisters and target only children?

Source: Flickr User Ken Wilcox

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lilegwene lilegwene 7 years
It probably depends on the child's personality too, but I think there is merit to this idea. I grew up in a family of seven children and none of us were bullied, despite one of my brothers being obese. The children I knew who were severely bullied were both only children.
Ericka Ericka 7 years
It's a personlity thing I think. Bullies pick on the weakest whether they are only children or not.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
I never had this issue either when it was only my daughter. And if someone did try to cut her in the line for the slide I was right there to say something. Maybe I was her entourage since I was always close by.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
*gulp!* Another thing for this mom of an only to worry about. Good thing my little one is friends with the older kids in the block, I guess...
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
You are assuming that siblings will stick up for each other. That is not always the case. Sometimes one sibling may be leading the bullying charge.
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