Quit Ganging Up on My Kid
People Magazine ran a story this month about a seventeen year old boy named Michael Ford-Berry who committed suicide because another teen was making fun of him for being a virgin. This boy was targeted and felt so humiliated that he eventually took his own life.
I am luckily far from the teen years, but tonight I had to watch my three year get thrown to the ground by an older neighborhood girl. She did hit the girl first, so one could argue that she learned a valuable lesson in how to interact with other kids. No one likes to be hit. On the other hand, is this just an early form of bullying? My daughter LOVES playing with the neighborhood kids but at what cost? The problem is that she's three, one neighbor girl is four, and the other is six and there are a bunch of boys.
Today is a perfect example. My daughter was thrilled when everyone was outside playing and she raced out there to join the fun. Everything was rainblows and sunshine for about 15 minutes when suddenly the two older girls decided they didn't want Munchking Girl with them anymore. I saw them whispering and they ran away together. Munchkin Girl looked confused, then took off after them. In order to get their attention, she started hitting them and running away, kind of like she was trying to play tag. Unfortuantely, this really irritated them. She walked up to one of the girls and hit her playfully and this girl seriously threw her to the ground. She put both legs and arms and all her strength into it. They were on the grass, so Munchkin Girl wasn't hurt, but she looked very confused. Of course the girl's parents weren't out there, so I tried to intervene but she just sassed me and told me that Munchkin Girl deserved it.Continued on the next page