Today was the first time in a long time I walked my daughter to the bus stop. (I hired someone to pick her up for school in the mornings). My heart broke for her. As we were approaching the destination, she saw another litte girl she knew. She called out to her. The little girl took off running. So my dd thought she didn't hear her. She caught up to her before they had to cross the road. Dd said hi to her. She ignored her again and took off across the street, where the actual bus stop was. She joined two other little girls. When we got there, my dd went to hang out with them, but the little girl pushed her out. I thought maybe I was being silly. But when the bus came, my dd got on first. She sat in a seat closest to the window to wear I was standing. One little girl went to sit with her, and the little girl I was talking about told her to not sit with my daughter and told the other little girl the same and the headed off to another seat. I know she has mentioned this little girl being a jerk to her a few times this year.
My daughter is a sweet, compassionate little girl. I always have taught her to include everyone and be kind. Kindness is a big thing in our home. We have taught her about bullies. I feel awful for her because I remember the girls from my church use to do this to me all the time.
*To explain why I don't drive her to school: we are down to one car. Funny how this past summer we had 3 cars and sold 2 of them. Not realizing that she started school this year. My husband works in DC and is gone at 6am. So I made the sacrifice of bundling two little toddlers up in a stroller and her and walked to the bus stop. The girl I hired to help me in the mornings is out of town helping her sister with her 2 yr old while she has her baby.
Update: So after school today we had a talk about this morning. She told me she let it go once she got to school and got to be around her friends who are nice. She said, "mommy, i dont want to be anyones friend who doesnt want to be mine. Its ok. those girls are missing out on a good friend." I am proud of her!