Learning from a bully

Since the start of the school year last September, my first grader had an arch nemesis. She’d come back from school telling endless tales of her battles and suffering. There was exaggeration of course but great lessons were learned on dealing with people. Looks like this girl moved out of town and yesterday, my daughter says, “mom, funny I miss my bully. I have no challenge anymore.”

I told her, “well, I’m sure you can focus on other things now that you don’t have to worry about anyone making smarty pant comments or stealing your homework or spilling your box of crayons.” So she goes, “well mom, it’s more fun to focus when there’s distractions. Otherwise it gets boring.”

Aah. Children are amazing, aren’t they?

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