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We have a son who is 8 years old (Bob). Our good friends also

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We have a son who is 8 years old (Bob). Our good friends also have a son that is 8 years old (Joe) and they go to the same school. When they were younger the two kids were very good friends. Now, Joe is bullying our son Bob. Not physical bullying but mental and emotional. Joe contantly puts Bob down, tells him he is no good at anything, constantly turns all the other boys against Bob and makes life very difficult for our son Bob. It has been going on for a long time now. As parents we don't know what to do. Should we discuss it with our friends? What can we do? What can the other parents do? We can't make XXXXX XXXXXke Bob but we'd like to stop the bullying if possible.
Hello and Thank You for using Just Answer. As parents, we want the best for our children. When our children hurt, we, as parents, hurt as well.

If you have a fairly solid relationship with Joe's parents, then by all means discuss the situation with them. The parents may be totally unaware that there is indeed a bullying problem. If Joe's parents are willing, you and his parents may want to have a talk with both boys together and try to reach the bottom of the problem. There may be more to the situation than you realize. Bullying is a serious issue and should not be taXXXXX XXXXXghtly by anyone.

However if you do decide to discuss the situation with Joe's parents, and they really do not see anything as a problem then leave the issue alone with the parents. You can then only assist your son. You have already been proactive in telling your son to stay away from Joe. That's the best course of action. Joe may change one day and be friends with your son. However for now, Bob does not need a bully as a friend. That is not a true friend.

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