Mum shares her perfect response after her child asked her what he should do when someone doesn’t like him.
Tara Wood is a writer and mum of 7 children ranging in age from 17 to two years old.
Tara shared a discussion with her child on Facebook.
One of my kids: “What do I do if there’s someone being rude to me at school?”
Me: “Are they bullying you?”
Kid: “No. They just obviously don’t like me.”
Me: “How is that any of your business?”
Kid: “What do you mean?”
Me: “Like, who they like or decide to be friends with has nothing to do with you- you don’t control that. How much importance you place on your self-worth being determined by everyone liking you- which is NEVER going to happen, by the way- has everything to do with you. You DO control that.”
Kid: “So, like, just don’t care?”
Me: “Well, you can care or not care…which feels better to you?”
Kid: “Not caring.”
Me: “So that’s what you do, sweetheart. You don’t care.”
Kid: “Huh. I never even thought about that.”
Me: “It’s simple and it all belongs to you.”
Her post attracted over 2000 shares and hundreds of comments including this one from a teacher.
She shared her experience saying, “Omg! My biggest issue with students! I have also received phone calls from parents, “well they weren’t invited to ——- birthday party.
She continued, “You need to talk to them.” No I don’t. Not all kids in a class need to be friends. We can be polite but we don’t have to be friends. This is also a lesson for adults.” her comment alone has received over 280 reactions.
I have always told my children that we don’t have to like everyone, but you do need to respect them. There is no need to be rude or mean just because you don’t like them.
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