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The Call

My oldest has her challenges. Socializing has always been tough. What she finds funny may not be funny to all. It's difficult for her to look people in the eye when she's being spoken too. When she was little she would hug her friends so tightly that it hurt the other person, but she never understood that. Her intention was affection, not pain.

Now in sixth grade hugging isn't the issue, but understanding appropriate words/actions is still a work in progress. As she grows so do the taunts from certain classmates. There's this one boy... oh man... just the thought of this evil, little &#$%&* and I lose my mind! Anyway, my point is, my daughter knows what it feels like to have someone be mean to you. We've been working on feeling strong and understanding that kids this young, and that angry, must have it really bad at home. There's no other reason to be that horrible. Bullies = Pitiful characters. That is why, when I got a call last night, my heart sunk. My daughter was being called a bully.

The situation: a classmate started crying and my daughter supposedly said something very hurtful to the classmate which made the situation worse. This parent was letting me know that what was said was NOT O.K. and I completely agreed. Tears came to my eyes when I heard the pain in this parents voice and my heart broke even more at the thought that my daughter would behave this way. This isn't the way I'm raising my children! How could this happen?!

Everyday is a work-in-progress. You never know what direction you're headed. I never want to get a call like that again. Parenthood is very tough on your heart.

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