Friday, May 05, 2006

A Very Long Week

It's been such a long, draining week here. I finished a very challenging customer quilt, but still haven't finished the binding on my Amish quilt...maybe tonight! Took this picture in my studio this morning...I store all my thread in a china closet and the colors were shining out at me this morning...I needed a bright spot in my day!

This week has been eye opening...we learned first hand how young girls can be so very cruel. I know they don't think of how their actions affect others and that's a shame. It also amazes me that parents can turn a blind eye to what their children are doing. I'm not a parent who believes my child can do no wrong. Apparently, I'm one of the few. It also floors me that they will blame bullying and abuse on the victim rather than address the problem at home. It's been a sad and frustrating week...one that I don't care to repeat any time soon!

8 comments:

Sarah said...

We have had the same problems with some parents around here. One day at the local Burger King play area my DS comes runnning over saying this other 4 Y.O. wouldn't stop hitting him. I tell him to ask the kid nicely to please stop it. A little while later me and my friend happen to catch sight of this little boy going after DS again. My friend jumps up to stop the kid and I jump up to grab DS. DS is cornered and just taking the beating (NOTE - not hitting him in return.) When my friend tells the hitter that we do not hit other people, the mother finally pipes in that the hitter is just defending his friend from DS! DS has not hit anyone! It didn't even occur to Ian to hit this kid back. I wanted to strangle the mother! The funny part was that the mother had just been telling us that they were homeschooling the older daughter because they had had problems with the public schools! Her daughter had been in kindergarten with my DD (not the same class) and I know for a fact she is a bully too. She was blaming all their school problems on the teachers - because of course her children can do no wrong. I am writing a letter to the kindergarten principal to make sure this boy does not end up in the same class as DS! I know two other little boys ( only 4 years old!) from the hitter's preschool class - and they are all bullies! How very sad!

Hope your week gets better!

tami said...

I'm sorry you had such a bad week. I have to agree about parents allowing their children to get away with anything and then defending them. It is so sad the way it seems to be that parents will defend their kids instead of teaching them respect and to take responsibility for their actions. It has gotten so bad at our school that the school will no longer accept notes from parents for Dr's and dentists appointments it has to come from the office. So many parents will lie and let their kids stay home to avoid a test, a boring "wellness" day or because they were allowed to stay out late the night before. It's really sad that we are going to have a generation of people who are disrespectful and not responsible for the things they do. It also makes it very hard for the parents who are trying to teach our children right from wrong and have to deal with the fact that none of their friends have to adhere to the same standards.
I will stop rambling now, but I think you can tell this is a real sore spot for me. >:o/

cher said...

so sorry to hear of your challenging week, it can be very hard dealing with other children and their parents...

Jeanne said...

{{{Carolyn}}} It's hard to be a parent!
Jeanne

Judy said...

Unfortunately one of the tougher lessons in life is that LIFE isn't fair and some people do not live under the normal values that most respectable people live by everyday. It's even worse when ignorant people try to justify their bad behavior or that of their kids. DH and I are always amazed at other peoples lack of consideration for how their actions impact others.

I'm sorry that your kids have had such a tough week. Hope it gets better.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Being a teen-ager is tough. Sounds like your DD has a supportive mother though and that will help. And remember, it was teenage girls that started the Salem Witch-hunts, so this is nothing new in history, unfortunately. I hope everything smooths over soon.

Cheers!

Evelyn

Darcie said...

Sorry to hear about your daughter's troubles. We've had an issue with another 7th grade girl these past few weeks as well. I wish I had some advice. I remember these days as a teen too, but *things* seem to be starting at earlier ages these days.

Funny how just some simple, colorful thread can brighten our day, isn't it Carolyn!

Hugs and prayers to you and your daughter!

Finn said...

Love the happy colors of your thread carolyn..*VBS* Sending "mom" hugs your way for a very distressing week..Finn