When I was in elementary school, bullying didn't really start until 4th or 5th grade. But alas in this new era it appears that 2nd grade is when bullying starts, at least with girls.
I stumble with how to counsel Mer, as I am protective and very defensive. It is not appropriate to counsel her to swear. So when she came home this week with tell of another incident she and I went to the book store. We came home with some great titles.
She and I sat together and read the book. In so doing, she admitted to me that she had been unkind to another girl in her class. We talked about the different ways that people bully. We talked about how it makes her feel and how important it is to be kind. But also how important it is to stand up for herself.
Her soul is thoughtful and caring, she is not selfish or rude. She expects people to feel bad when they are unkind with purpose. I just love her spirit and we will give her the tools to ensure that she protects that part of her spirit.