Aubrey, my seven-year-old, came home from school yesterday and said, “I got bullied today by some big girls.” She’s very dramatic (GASP) so I wondered what this meant in her little head and I sat down to hear what happened.
A: These three girls who are older than me were making fun of my boots because they said they weren’t real.
My kids go to private school and wear uniforms. As soon as the temperature dips below 70 the girls all bust out their Uggs or, in our case, their Target Ugg knock-offs. And SORRY you little monsters but we don’t shell out $100 for shoes we are going to wear for 3 months then outgrow overnight.
Me: Hmm. What did you say?
A: I said it didn’t matter. I like my shoes.
She is awesome. And I realize these are somebody else’s babies but I kinda want to *punch them in the face.
Me: What did they say?
A: They kept making fun of me.
Me: So what did you do?
A: I said, “Welp. Guess I’m not gonna play with you guys anymore.” Then I jumped off the jungle gym and just walked away.
Me: I’m so proud of you. (For knowing how to make a powerful exit. I hope she huffed & tossed her hair as she stalked off.)
I realize on the Bully Scale of Mean this is like a 2 out of a 10 and if Aubrey wasn’t who she is that could have really hurt her feelings. (It may have. I remember being picked on in the second grade and even though I wasn’t really upset by it, I remember it to this day like it was yesterday.)
Lucky for Aubrey, and for me, (AND for those kids AND their Mommas) she seems to care very little what people think of her.
But I realize this is JUST the beginning of the whole Mean Girls bidnass and I’m wondering how I’m going to stay out of jail.
Have your kids been bullied and how did you deal with it? Also will you bail me outta jail if I get arrested for gettin’ wild on the playground with a bunch of second graders?
*I am not going to punch anyone in the face and neither are my kids. Unclench your butt cheeks.