Did I ever gang up on a kid? Honestly, I wasn't in the cool club so I didn't do that. At school, I was picked on, but I was never singled out because I always had a friend or two to play with. At home, while I didn't live in a neighborhood, I never had issues with my friends. We always played together regardless of age. Sometimes it would be boys vs. girls or sibling rivalry, but it was all in fun and never lasted more than a few hours.
Since becoming a stepmom, I've realized how mean kids can be. There are a handful of boys in J-man's grade and they have all decided that he can't play with them. What?!?! He was allowed to play with them for the first month or so of school. The kids loved being at our house, but all of the sudden, he isn't cool enough for them. Grrrr. I am upset. I don't know what to do aside from love Jared and try to make it as fun for him as possible at home. Suggestions please!
The worst part of this whole thing is that he is so sad. Kids are supposed to be kids and have fun. He is a great kid and pretty darn cool in my opinion, so I don't understand why he isn't cool enough for them and considered a dork. I am really scared that this is going to affect him in school and I don't want that. We are trying to teach him that it is cool to do well in school and that it is better to have a few good friends then a bunch of fake friends. The latter is a hard lesson to learn when you are a little kid and just want to play with friends outside.
My heart is breaking. When thi started, we went home to my parents, so that he could get some good kid play time with my sister and his cousins! It was wonderful! Maybe having siblings makes all the difference. I always had someone to play with or bug because I was one of six kids. Being bored wasn't really an option even if I thought I was bored and bullying wasn't tolerated, so we played, sibling fought, still loved each other regardless.
It's also hard because I have so much school work to attend to (I took a break from that to write this post because I needed to get it off my chest). Any advice anyone has is appreciated. Bullying stinks and while this is only minor, it scares me because these boys are only 9 years old.