I read a blog post tonight . . .
Kristen's . . . click her name and it will link you over to her post. Go ahead and click it . . . read the post and then pop back . . .
I will wait.
Anyway . . .
These past few weeks, our eight year old has been having a rough time. Randy talked to him a few weeks ago and I spoke with him tonight. I asked him to REALLY tell me what was going on.
I already knew a little of what was going on. Randy filled me in on their conversation and the things that were bugging our son.
I was quiet . . .
I listened . . .
He spoke quietly . . .
He is being made fun of.
(apparently, he is shorter than most of the other kids ~ but he is also the youngest in the class)
Kids tease him.
Kids make him giggle when they are to be quiet during seat~work.
As a Mom, those natural maternal instincts begin raising up in my body and in my mind. Those defensive mechanisms Mothers have to defend their children kick in. In those moments, I want to get in my vehicle, drive over to the school and get a hold of some kids. There is absolutely no reason for this non-sense!
Now, before I go any further . . . I want to interject . . .
my son is eight years old
he is NOT perfect by any means
he gets into trouble all by himself ~ he
doesn't need help from his peers
he is human . . . and sinful . . . we all are
Why must people be cruel and hateful?
Why must children tease other children?
Why does it seem the instigators never get caught . . . just the recipient of the bullying when trying to defend himself or maybe even trying to give a little payback.
This Momma's first response is to get a hold of the bullies and set them straight. Let them know the teasing won't be tolerated.
After listening to my boy, I quietly asked him to ignore these kids the best he can. To not let them get him into trouble . . .
to not allow them that satisfaction.
One of the boys that seems to be the "ring leader" threatened my son a few times earlier in the year. He and I had two face to face chats (with a teacher present). When I see him now . . . he glares at me. It is those times in which I get a clear picture of what my son is going through.
It upsets me . . . irritation creeps in.
After reading Kristen's post tonight I know what I need to do . . .
I know what I have not done enough of . . .
I need to . . .
PRAY, PRAY, PRAY for my son.
PRAY, PRAY, PRAY for all of my children . . .
Pray for them when they are playing, eating, resting, sleeping, at school, in the car, etc.
I also need to ASK them how their day was . . . and encourage them to react as Jesus would. At the same time I know that I should remain on my toes to protect my children . . .
and I WILL take the BULLS by the horns.
The sad thing . . .
it doesn't matter if your children are attending a public or private school . . . bullying happens at all schools.
I encourage you parents and grandparents, talk to your kids . . .
see how things are going for them . . .
be prepared to HEAR and RESPOND
YOU may be the ONLY one your kiddo has to share what is going on in his/her little heart.
PRAY, PRAY, PRAY