As I said before, upper elementary aged kids are interesting! The boys in Jacob’s class seem to have a great time “burning” (one upping or teasing) one another. Most of the time their jokes, or names are harmless, but sometimes they can be a bit mean and cutting. Like most immature, young people, the kids like to find one another’s weakness and target that. I’m not sure why, but it seems to be commonplace and my husband and I have just told Jacob to give it right back, or ignore them. He is not the tallest boy in his class, so his height is often what they tease him about. Thankfully our nine year old has learned to embrace his size and stop caring, and in turn they have quite bringing it up. Although one of the boys who seems to enjoy telling everyone else that they are “idiots” or “stupid” decided that he would call Jacob “stupid” today. In true smart kid fashion, Jacob remarked, “Are you referring to yourself in the third person?” The other kid looked a bit stunned, had no response, and just walked away! I am not an advocate of bullying, or teaching my children to behave poorly, but there are times that mean kids/people need to be given a dose of their own medicine! My husband and I have explained to Jacob that when people treat others poorly and try to bully them, they are very insecure people who have other issues, and when confronted they usually stop. I was proud of my Jacob for having a witty comeback for a smart alec kid, and I am interested to see if he continues calling Jacob names. I think that this particular kid (who is generally nice) actually appreciated the quick comeback!
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