Sydney was bullied for the first time a few days ago. I know we are fortunate that it has taken 7 1/2 years for that happen. When I found out about it, my mama bear came out!
This bully girl sees a strong, confident 7 1/2 year old when she sees Sydney. She sees this Sydney:
|Sydney with the mayor of Old Bridge|
When I see Sydney, I still see my little baby girl. I see this Sydney:
|Sydney's First Birthday (May 2006)|
So when I heard that a girl was bullying Sydney, I jumped in to Sydney's defense. My mama bear came out, claws and gnashing of teeth! It took everything in my power not to go and discipline this girl. I was able to calm myself down and I analyzed the situation. This little girl has a mom that is the adult version of a bully. She is the same way. When I looked at it from that perspective I couldn't blame the little girl for acting that way.
I wanted to talk to the girl's mother but I realized that would only make the situation worse for Sydney. So she and I had a talk about it and decided it was best for Sydney to play with other kids for awhile and to try not to let this girl bother her. I also reminded her that if she sees this girl teasing or bullying any other children that Sydney should be kind to the victim and show them love.
"Treat Others the same way you want them to treat you."
I hope that since now Sydney knows what it feels like, that she will be more sensitive to others that are bullied. I also hope that these hurt feelings will prevent her from being a bully herself.