Standing up for Your Beliefs: the challenge of training your child to be “that” kid

It would have been so easy to give in. He begged me to let him stay home. His blue eyes welled with tears as he told me he couldn't go; he was afraid to go. I cajoled. I begged. I reasoned. I got angry. I empathized. I bribed. Literally, I did whatever it took to get him out the door and, by that time having missed the bus, into my car. We would ride in the car together. We would walk in together. We would visit the counselor and confirm that the school had some type of plan to make … [Read more...]

Bullying and the Open Heart

Marc climbed into the car at parent pick up the other day and immediately declared, "I was just bullied." "What?" I asked surprised by his statement because he was just part of the school safety patrol (fourth and fifth graders help teachers match kids with the right parent-vehicles in the drop-off and pick-up lanes at the front of school). While I waited for him and two neighborhood boys, who are part of our carpool, to finish their patrol duty, I watched the teacher in charge dismiss the … [Read more...]