It’s Not All Mary Poppins

the good, the bad, and the embattled

hopeIf you’ve noticed I’m a bit distracted these days (and how could you possibly have missed my frequent whinging about how tiiiired I am??) it’s all because of this.

Update: Her big brother realized that what a beleaguered girl might welcome in the middle of a long day would be a break, so he popped down to the school at lunch today to take her out. (Isn’t he great?) Lunch went well, and, so he reports, did her morning. Relatively speaking, at any rate, but at this point, we’ll take what we can get.

It’s not perfect yet, but things seem to be looking up. Thank goodness. Because those prehistoric ostriches? They were seriously eerie.

December 5, 2008 - Posted by | aggression, my kids, peer pressure, the dark side | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Awww, that stinks. Poor R. My son was bullied (a lot, by one boy mostly) in kindergarten a couple of years ago. At least I could kind of say that the other kid was still young, it wasn’t entirely his fault, etc. But “mean girls” in high school? They’re just mean girls.

    Hope everything gets resolved to your satisfaction (and R’s) soon.

    Friday was much better than Thursday. Hopefully this thing has turned a corner for the better. We’ll see.

    Comment by BookMama | December 5, 2008 | Reply

  2. If I may, a little dream interpretation…

    The prehistoric ostriches make perfect sense. As well as a parent, you are also a caregiver by trade.

    I think, that though you are first and foremost Mother to affected Daughter, you are recognizing that ‘the ostriches’ are also just kids, who happen to have their “heads in the sand” about how their behaviour really affects other people.

    That’s of course an amateur opinion and it probably does little to comfort, so make of it what you will.

    Hugs to you both.

    Your interpretation is kinder than mine. I thought I’d made them prehistoric because I’m kind of thinking of them as primitive beasts. However, individuals are beginning to splinter off the mass, and they’re turning out to be kinder singly than they are in a group.

    Comment by Zayna | December 5, 2008 | Reply

  3. aww mary… that seriously sucks… high five to you for calling the cops in and being there for your daughter instead of telling her ‘it’s nothing’.

    Oh, I didn’t do that. The school did that. This school has an excellent anti-bullying procedures, which is one of the reasons I’m feeling reasonably hopeful.

    Comment by Suzi | December 5, 2008 | Reply

  4. How awful! Here’s wishing your daughter strength and courage.

    Comment by Clementine | December 7, 2008 | Reply

  5. So sorry to hear your daughter (and you) are going through this. Hopefully this will help her gain more strength and the will to perserve through the mean girls. Also kudos to you for making home warm and comforting enough that she can let her gaurd down and be vunerable.
    Good luck.

    Comment by Dani | December 15, 2008 | Reply

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