Badgering on the playground

by Jen Lee Reeves on November 10, 2011 · 5 comments

in 2011, School

Jordan has a troublemaker who won’t back off. The good news? Her school is trying to work with this little boy to let it go… Yes, Jordan has one hand. Yes, Jordan has a little arm. No, it is not gross.

He likes to yell at Jordan. He tells her he doesn’t like her arm. She thinks it’s annoying.

On the whole, kids are awesome at her school. Kids who aren’t awesome are soundly ignored by Jordan. She has an incredible ability to tune out annoying kids and questions. Often when a kid rudely asks her what’s “wrong” with her, she keeps moving and doesn’t give the child an answer. Our school’s principal has watched her breeze past a rude kid. It just doesn’t phase her at this point in her life. She doesn’t feel like she has to answer every question. You know what, she doesn’t have to. It’s totally up to her and it seems like she’s really fine with choosing when she talks and doesn’t talk about her difference. She remains confident and very social at school.

But there’s this annoyance and the little boy is annoying enough for her to mention it to me. Funny thing about Jordan is she wasn’t even complaining.

So we have hatched up a plan that made Jordan roll in laughter… and hopefully it won’t cause any trouble. If the little boy comes up to her and starts yelling, Jordan is going to start telling him how she can’t hear him.

“What? I can’t hear you? Are you talking to me?”

She thinks this is very, very funny.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Heidi November 11, 2011 at 8:10 am

Funny! I can almost hear the giggles! I love the ideas to pass along to Julia.

KelliAnn November 11, 2011 at 8:21 am

Love this idea! We have a similar issue in our school where a boy is afraid of Carter. Everytime he sees him he runs and hides. They think he has some sort of phobia and they have enlisted the school counselor to help him overcome his fear of my son. As a Mom it is a very hard reality to hear when another child is afraid of your child. Carter has the same mentalilty as Jordan and deals with rudeness better than I. I think our children are born with a special tact to handle these situations. Most children need to be taught ‘tact’ but ours naturally exude it!

Jen Lee Reeves November 11, 2011 at 8:28 am

KelliAnn – I totally agree! I hope your school can help that little boy with his fear. That’s no fun for him or Carter!

Jessica November 11, 2011 at 1:34 pm

That is an awesome idea! If you ever need others, my brother was picked on a lot at school and has a great sense of humor.

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