An upsetting situation is coming to the
fore in my son’s class. Bullying. Among girls.
They’re not breaking bones with sticks and stones; they’re hurting with
How did it start? I’m not sure (and is anyone?)
When did it begin? Some time back...but it’s irrelevant
now. Today, bullying is here.
Who does it? In this bullying instance, I know all of the
concerned people: parents and kids. Our children have been in the same class for
six years. We know these families. They're all delightful people. Every one of them.
Without a doubt the parents of the kids involved hope to pass on
the value of mutual respect to their children.
And yet, a connection between beliefs and actions is not being made.
Passing on our values to the next
generation is one of parents’ deep desires and formidable feats. So much easier said than done! I don’t have a foolproof method for passing
on our principles to our children.
I do have some hard-learned lessons on communication with people from a different culture (I’m an American
living in France) who speak another mother tongue. After all, our children do live in a confusing
generational culture and talk differently, “u no wat i mean?”