Lately, she has been coming home informing me about a girl in her class that disrupts her learning. Wearing my administration hat, I ask, “What is she doing?” She says, “She yells all the time. She tells the teacher to shut up. She always has to play on the computer and won’t allow others to play.” I nearly lost my cool with her next statement. “Mom, she even threw a domino piece at me and hit me in the back.” “WHAT?!” I yelled. (self talk – relax, take a deep breath, she’s watching your reaction) “What do you mean she threw a domino piece at you? What was going on?” (I am ready to call the teacher and meet with the parent. Now I sound like one of the parents I deal with on a daily basis.)
To make a long story short, the teacher witnessed the incident and sent the student to the office. Now my daughter is asking if she should still play with her.
What do I tell her?
The teacher/administrator side of me wants to tell her it okay to still be friends. That some people have bad days.
The mother side of me wants to tell her what my mom told me, “If anyone puts their hands on, you hit ’em back.”
Now I am in a dilemma. What do I tell her?
I think I better wait until I am calm.