Sweet Pea Chef

A foodie mommy shares tips, tricks and stories from her kitchen as she seeks out more healthful and interesting meals.



chrissygreenny's picture chrissygreenny

or maybe you are human and a mother with lots of love for a little boy who really needed her at that moment. sure he wasn't sick, sure you could have made a different choice, but you'll both learn from it and move on. point is--he needed you and you were there. how he got you there may not have been honest, but it is over and done. you did what you needed to do at that moment.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

That's exactly how I felt. He needed me, and I was there--pure and simple.


Hetha's picture Hetha

Yes, you were there, and that's what matters most. I also doubt (especially with the lead teacher out) that the staff available would have been able to patiently and thoughtfully work through the issue and process it as fully as you were able to do. Would they have thought to come up with alternative ideas for handling the situation? Probably. But they may not have been brainstorming those solutions with compassion and understanding for L's anxiety and nervousness. Nor would they have likely thought to talk about all the examples of how people often learn by mimicking those who are accomplished at the craft. I think you couldn't have done a better job with the situation. He knows you don't approve of lying, but he also knows that you've got his back, which is every bit as important.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks so much for your comment, Heather--and vote of confidence! I do feel I handled it as best I could. He absolutely needs to know we have his back--school is so difficult for him, that we need him to know his safe place is always with us.