Ok, so last night Tim and I went to a planning meeting for the 2nd grade class picnic. The other room parents were there and we got to talking about our children's teachers this year. The mother of one of Kai's classmates was there and surprise, surprise, her daughter has been dealing with all of the same bullying and nonsense that Kai has this year. It absolutely breaks my heart to know that another child had to suffer like Kai did. When your 7 years old, going to school should be fun. It should be about learning and exploring and growing. Not about having to watch your back every second of the day. But as sad as I was to hear that her little girl had to deal with this foolishness too, I was relieved to know that we weren't alone. This entire school year, all we have heard from the teacher and principal was that they 'just weren't seeing anything' unusual.
We also found out that the principal has put in her resignation. I hope that the new principal, whomever they may be, will be someone who's a little more willing to tackle tough issues like bullying, peer pressure, etc. Because whether we want to admit it or not, these things start at a much younger age than we want to believe.
So, the best things we can do as parents is to listen, listen, listen to our kids. If something's bothering them at school, be their voice and be a loud in your face one. Make it known that neither you nor your child will be a victim, and hold the adults accountable for their actions or inactions.
In other news, I finished a totebag, and am now working on a nifty clutch bag that will have bamboo handles. Photos coming soon!