I just read the New York Times articles by Hilary Stout titled For Some Parents, Shouting Is the New Spanking. It a good read and references a few people that I just recently met...
Modern Manners Monday – Dealing with a Negative Child
Dear DMM: My son is a pretty happy kid. He is positive and has a great outlook on life. But there is this kid in his class who is pretty negative and always seems a little down.
Yesterday my son came home almost in tears. He told me that John (changed to protect the guilty) told him, “You have no talent. You shouldn't even bother trying out for the talent show. You are nothing and you have nothing.”
My son asked, “What should I say to him? He tells me that every day. Over and over again during the day. I don't know what to say.”
I was speechless. I don't know the mother of the child and I am not sure that I should go to his teacher. And I really don't know what to tell my son but this is really affecting my son.
What do I do?
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
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