things to tug a mother’s heartstrings

Today, I picked up the kids from school. The Potato came running up to me and said, “I’m helping Nikki S.*”

“That’s nice, Potato, what are you helping her with?”

“Nikki J. and Gertie started a club today called ‘we hate Nikki S.,’ so we were making plans about how to deal with them.”

“Well I’m really proud of you, Potato, it’s good to stand up for people when they’re getting bullied.”

“I know, and I’m going to tell Ms. K, because it’s not fair that they’re making Nikki S. feel bad.”

The Potato just told landisdad this weekend that one of the older boys in the after-school has been bullying him. I asked the Bee about it, and she said she hadn’t said anything, because she tries to stay away from that particular boy, since he always tries to start fights with her.

I was so happy to hear that the Potato felt empathy for a girl who was being bullied, and wanted to help her. He’s proud of himself for helping his friend, and I’m glad to see that, even though he’s being bullied himself (and might run the risk of further bullying from these girls) that he was willing to stand up for someone else.

*names have been changed to protect the guilty…and the innocent… all the girls are in the Potato’s class


June 1, 2010. thoughtful parenting.


  1. Library Lady replied:

    I’d feel very proud of a son like the Potato, especially since he’s being brave enough to tell an adult about this!

    JR has been coming home and telling me how her best friend at school is being teased by the boys. Susie is a sweet little loon, totally her own person, and doesn’t really care, but it bugs MY girl. Glad to see her feeling for a friend.

  2. jo(e) replied:

    It’s sort of sickening that that stuff happens in the first place. But good for Potato for making a stand.

  3. elise replied:

    It’s amazing all the crap kids put up with…on a positive note, if they make it until high school, that seems to have been the time when at least with my kids seemed to have things a little easier. I think it’s a combination that all the “cool” kids are too busy in their cool world to bother with the other kids and the fact that my kids and their friends are finally fed up with the cool kids and avoid them like the plague!

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