This morning as he declared he did not want to wear his Santa hat to school and would only wear it on days he did not see the two boys, my heart broke for him. It was not only his Santa hat that was damaged yesterday, but also his free spirit and his little heart.
While he is at school today I will wash the dirt off his hat and when he comes home hopefully attempt to repair the damage done by the other little boys. This is a teachable moment and an opportunity to discuss with Simon the damage words and actions can do and the lasting effects they may have. We will also talk about how brave he was to be different and hopefully by Monday I will send him off to school rocking his Santa hat again!
How would you handle the situation? Any good book recommendations that would help him understand bullies or that it is ok to be different?
|Simon reading Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun|
|The 2 books we picked up tonight written by Maria Dismondy (who is also the co-author of Juice Box Bully)|
To visit Maria Dismondy's website/blog and learn more about her books: http://www.mariadismondy.com