Monday, October 10, 2011

When teasing happens

My daughter, earlier this school year, had mentioned an unkind comment that another child said to her. I won't repeat the comment. It took me some time (months) for me to calm down inside and write this. I'm sure other parents can identify with me here...when mean things are done to our children it breaks our hearts. I was misguided in thinking that kinders were young enough to be shielded from the cruel realities of school, but obviously it bothered her enough to ask me if the comment was true, and then repeat the question the next day three times with a sad frowny face, pondering what it meant. I could see her little wheels spinning.

She does have an awareness and a deep caring about what others think of her. So...what should we do when we see, hear, or suspect teasing or bullying?