He came home sad and upset.
Someone wounded my boy’s heart. It was the typical bullying stuff.
Calling names. Teasing etc…
My boy’s not used to it. He hasn’t faced this kind of treatment before.
So, it shook him at his core.
It was a time for discussion and resolve. He was faced with the sad reality of cruelty and the meanness that sometimes engulfs our youth.
After tears and hugs and reassurance, we made chocolate chip cookies together.
He cracked the eggs and found the baking soda. He ate the cookie dough off the whisk.
He was happy again. And safe.
The tears of sadness had dried up and he was content to be with his mama in the kitchen baking.
People often ask me why I homeschool and if I think I’m sheltering my kids too much.
They wonder if they are socialized enough.
They question if my kids have friends.
My answer is yes. They are sheltered. They are socialized. And they have enough friends.
Heartache will creep into our house just as it does yours, whether my kids are in school or not.
Bullying will penetrate our walls as yours too. We can’t keep the world at bay; try as we might, it can’t happen.
I teach my children fortitude and resilience, empathy and forgiveness.
We cannot control the actions of others but we CAN control our reactions to them.
My boy learned that life isn’t always fair and sometimes our feelings get hurt, but he also was reminded that home is a refuge and the people here are full of love for him…and maybe some chocolate chip cookies on the side. 😉