Bully Brother

Dear Sara,

I am eleven years old. My brother is fourteen. He isn’t very nice to me. He calls me fatty and makes fun of my clothes. He sometimes pinches me on the arm or on my back. It really hurts and makes bruises. He won’t let me watch the programs I like on TV when he is at home. I sometimes want to run away. I tell my parents but they think it’s just normal teasing from a brother. What can I do to make him stop?

Dear Kaylee,

You are right. these things your brother does are abusive. If he’s leaving bruises show these to your parents. The things he says to you are not good for your self-esteem. At eleven it’s hard for you to take up for yourself and you need an adult to help you. Keep telling your parents how you feel and if they won’t help you then confide in a teacher or counselor at school. I hope things get better for you soon.


  1. Learn some self-defense techniques and when your brother comes at you, floor him. Do it once and he’ll leave you alone. Bullies prey on perceived weaknesses.

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