Have You Ever Stood Up for Someone Else?

By on Mar 25, 2013 in misc, Playtime | 6 comments

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Have You Ever Stood Up for Someone Else?

Have Your Children?

Child on Swingset

Photo Credit: Biscarotte

“You know, we don’t let our children play with them.”

My neighbor was trying to warn me about her next-door-neighbor’s children. I stopped her with, “We let our children choose their own friends.” I liked the boy she was talking about, who was our son’s age. He was sweet. He seemed needy, as the child of a family who moves often does. I had no idea what family troubles drove them. But, whatever they were, my neighbor thought the boy a bad influence and wouldn’t let her children hang out with him.

While I appreciated her concern and did not resent the warning, I thought it important that children learn to judge character. I trusted my son’s instincts. Several months later, I noticed he wasn’t playing with the boy anymore.

“You’re not friends, any more?”

“No. He was mean to me.”

“You know, you’re probably his only friend.”

“Yeah. I know. You’d think he wouldn’t be mean to me.”

The family moved again a few months later.

Carol Covin, Granny-Guru, Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers” http://newgrandmas.com

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