On one of our recent trips to the playground, the meanest little boy was there. He was kicking and hitting, throwing sand, and yelling "I DON'T LIKE YOU!" and "I DON'T WANT TO PLAY WITH YOU" to the few other kids there, including James. His mom was there and did nothing. I was the one telling him to be nice and to keep his hands to himself.
It totally hit me that this is a reason kids grow up to be bullies- because their parents aren't involved, don't care, and/or do nothing.
Nothing gets me more than bullying and it broke my heart for a kid to yell- I don't like you! To James. (Luckily he had no clue what the kid was saying really). But his mom should have stepped in right there and made that a lesson- play nice, don't yell, be friendly- BE KIND.
I am so proud to be James' mother. I really, truly am. He has his moments (they all do) but he goes to the playground with love in his heart and smiles, waves hi, gives hugs, and blows kisses to all the kids. He is the friendliest boy and he is SO kind.
There's a lot of lessons that can be learned at the playground and they aren't all about how to swing or ride a bike. Deeper lessons can be learned at the playground, too. Like how to play nice with others, wait your turn, and share. How to include everyone and make everyone feel welcome, how to be a good friend, and how to be kind.
That mother I saw missed out on a key teaching moment and that's sad. I'm happy I'm not that mother, I'm happy I'm involved and hands on, and I'm happy that I'm raising a sweetheart for a son who knows he should love others because Jesus loves him.
As James grows older I know he will encounter mean people, people he doesn't get along with, and bullies. But I am teaching him from a young age to pour out love to all, and I will always be his advocate and cheerleader and momma wolf and make sure no one messes with him.
I know there are lots of amazing and godly mothers in the world who are raising their children similar and I hope James will encounter many more of those mom's children rather than the mean kids.
So here's to teaching your kids lessons, loving them, raising them right, and playing nice on the playground.
Tee- Currently at Target
Shorts- Currently at Target
Shoes- Salt Water Sandals
**And for good measure, some of my recent posts on Baby Gizmo**
And a happy weekend to everyone! What are your plans? My husband has the weekend off so we've got some fun stuff in store! I'll be back tomorrow to share.