For those of you with kids, it may be easy to remember what school used to be like when you, yourself, were younger. The weird rivalries, the sudden “we’re-friends-no-we’re-not” occurances, the way you could pass a note to someone and simply ask them to be your friend (before you even knew their last name)..
Maybe you remember that kid who’s last name rhymed with some unfortunate cuss word and who was forever called “Becky Shithead” on the playground as a result. Or the time you fell down and scabbed your knee and all the kids called you “Scabs” for the rest of grade four.
Perhaps you’ve already gone through years of therapy to get over the childhood trauma of being picked last for double-dutch at recess or for the whole Lord of the Flies thing that happened every time a teacher turned her back.
But if you haven’t, or if the therapy didn’t “stick”, you may want to check out Can I Sit With You?
It’s a place where adults share stories about their childhoods on the playground and in the classroom. And soon, those stories will be published in a big ol’ book! Double the therapeutic value!
Perhaps you’d care to contribute? Maybe you’d like to tell one of the authors that they were not, in fact, alone in their suffering – by leaving a comment?
At the very least, reading the stories will help you to empathize when your child comes home and announces that “Nobody likes me!” and it will totally prevent you from simply respond with the pat, “Of course they like you! You’re my special boy!”