One Question Wednesday
When my son was in 1st grade he became friendly with a boy. It wasn’t long before my family became friendly with the boy’s family and we’ve had some really great times together. They are fun to be around. Very gracious. And I have become almost a 4th sister to the wife and her sisters. However, (because you knew this sounded too good to be true) the boys began to butt heads.
The boy is a little bit of a bully and there have been times where I have had to bribe my son to go to the family’s house with us for a party or barbeque. There have been quite a few incidents and it put me in a really tough spot.
I asked a few other girlfriends what I should do. Confront the mom about her son being a bully? Back off from the friendship? Being the complete wuss that I am, because there’s no way I could handle telling someone that their son is “mean”, I ended up backing off. And it does make me sad, because my husband and I had great times with them.
Today I was talking to another mom who has become friendly with that family as well. Oddly enough she started talking about the trouble she was having between her own daughter and the friend’s son. Only she handled it differently. She confronted the mom of the boy. (Kudos to her. She is a better woman than I.) She also told me that I should have spoken up. That the mom needs to know her son is having issues in getting along with other children.
So my question to you? Would you have spoken to the mom? And if so, what would you have said?
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