Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

The heartache is the toughest to get over. Yours and L's.
Still, I think that teachers should be involved in prevention. As well as classroom instruction on being a good little citizen. Accepting difference is an invaluable life skill and it brings tears to my eyes to picture your son being terrorized for seeing to world from a different angle. I wish I had an answer, and I would love to hear how you like the book. I was thinking about ordering it for myself, I'm afraid the team that I requested to order it through our school district could take too long to order it. School should be safe for ALL kids, regardless of any difference. I hope that there will be answers for how to make that so.


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I commented this morning before school and just dropped back by to see no comment? Huh. I can't even remember now what I was saying, except that I hope L's teachers do take some responsibilty over keeping him safe and helping him process when other kids are seemingly rude or annoyed. Some classroom instruction can increase the chances that school is a safe place for EVERYONE.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Now both comments are up! I am really looking forward to ordering the book--I think it will be a valuable resource for kids, parents, and teachers like.

Well, his school has been responsive so far, but it's taken some prodding. I do wish we as parents didn't have to do so very much to make sure our kids are happy and safe.


mouse's picture mouse

While I do think most kids end up on the receiving end of some bullying during school, I don't think that's a reason for adults--not just parents, but also teachers and other adults--to intervene. For parents, I think this is yet another example of needing to know your kids. It drives me nuts to hear, "We all had to deal with it and we turned out fine." Because I still bear a certain amount of mental scarring (and neuroses) as a result of the teasing I experienced. With Scooter, I worry about the physical aspect too, since that seems to be more likely with boys.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Yes--I agree, mouse. I'm very upset about it and the Mama Bear in me is really angry. L. had problems this afternoon in the carpool/walk-up line--with name-calling and threats of physical violence. It doesn't help that L. is very small for his age...I'm really upset over this and just fired off an e-mail to his school--let's hope they take action quickly.


canacao's picture canacao

I still think that parents and teachers should teach kids clearly that bullying is bad. Help those kids who were bullied to become strong and teach those who conducted bullying to care about others and feel shame of bullying. The clear attitude against bullying from parents and teachers is the key. Parents and teachers should teach young kids about values.

http://www.parents-and-kids.com/blog/en/2008/09/teach-kids-common-values/


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I couldn't agree with you more. Schools have a history of sweeping bullying under the rug with that "kids will be kids" kind of thinking. But kids need to learn from adults RIGHT AWAY that bullying is not acceptable and that they can't get away with aggressive behavior.