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A Self Esteem Pill?

I was hoping that things were going in a positive direction for my 8th grader at school but it seems that there's always something.  Even though the backlash from her classmates when she called out a bully has calmed a bit she feels that not all of his group is letting it go.  I'm not surprised by that but what I am surprised about is how her "friends" aren't really backing her up.  She's told me that she sits alone at lunch some days.  That breaks my heart! 

Also there's this kid whose attitude became a big problem last year, that just seems to have it out for her.  We don't know why.  He was even her first "boyfriend" in 6th grade.  He has a switch flipped somewhere and he's, well, let's just say it's best to avoid him.  You know when you get that creepy feeling from someone? And scene's from The Omen play in your mind?  And you start merging the Damian characters face with the face that's standing right before you?  And you want to do that furious head shake *wobble*wobble* to get the image out of your mind?  Yeah, that's how I feel when I see him.  That and perhaps the idea of bringing a bottle of Holy Water with me.  (Yep.  I said it.)

I've talked with his parents because it was just too much.  They're a bit of the "Oh I'm sure it's nothing.  We'll talk to him" mindset, which isn't really going to help at all.

My goal is to have my daughter feel strong, and safe. There is no way to control the attitudes and actions of those kids.  I need to focus on finding ways to just get her through this year as positively as possible.  Anyone know of a Self-Esteem pill?

(*Next Post:  "The Struggle Continues")

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