What do you do when you realize that you children are being bullied? What do you do when you realize that your children ARE the bullies? Children need extra guidance when they are growing up. They need to learn right from wrong. They need to understand how to play fair, how to share, and how to be kind to one another. Raising children can be difficult. This mom learned that her son was giving away his money to a bully, she confronted him. But the truth was too much.
My mom called me one day and said she fears my son is being bullied by his schoolmate. I asked him if that’s so, but it turned out he voluntarily gave the money to the kid because the kid is poor. It looks like he’s being bullied because the kid is bigger in built than him. I took him aside and tell him its OK if he’s ashamed to admit of being bullied but my son took me to see the kid’s parents and true enough they were barely making enough money and my son felt he has more than the kid so why not share his pocket money w him.
My son understand he has slightly more than others. From that day, I gave him extra pocket money to share with the other kid. I packed him extra snacks because I want his friend to enjoy having his own. During my son’s birthday I invited him to join us but he declined said he has to go home look after his sister. I found out he’s ashamed that he has no presents for my son.
My son brought the leftover cake the next day. To see the joy on his face, the big grin to have the cake…”I never had cake on my birthday. My parents couldn’t afford this.” My son cried when he comes back home. Next thing we know, he packed half his toys and give it to him. “Take it, don’t worry bout it. I have plenty.”
Last week we found out his friend’s father passed away. The mother barely make enough money alone so my mom volunteered to look after her daughter for free (my mom babysits for some neighbor’s kids so its not an issue for her to add one more at all) so that her son can go to school and not to have stay at home to look after his sister. My son was overjoyed to know that his friend can come stay with us after school before the mother fetches them after work everyday. They have been close friends ever since and even though my son is smaller than him, he acted as a protector to this friend (his friend was the one who got bullied at school: he’s really poor that his school shoes has holes, he has only a pair of school uniforms, and used plastic bag for his books instead of a bag).
Look, I am not here to brag. I just want to get it off my chest because my son is 8 years old and he shows that he understands that when you have more money, to not raise your standard of living but instead to raise the standard of your giving. I have watched him grow up in front of me wishing for him not to just excel in school, but excel in life as a person. If he doesn’t get good grades in school, I’m OK with it knowing he will grow up being a better person.
This mother is incredible and brave. She has raised an impressive son who not only learned how to act towards others, he learned how to share. He learned that giving is better than receiving. He learned to have compassion and he learned to be kind to those who are less fortunate. He learned all of this without mom having to tell him what to do. When he realized this boy needed help, he didn’t ask if it was okay to share his lunch money, he gave it freely. Wow.
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