I'm angry. Can you tell?
I KNOW he's a big boy and he can deal with things himself - and he did - but as the mom I still feel SO protective of my "little" boy.
My 13 year old had a project due today. He had to create a board game from materials around the house that tied into the book they read in class. We had some cardboard, some construction paper, some glue, markers, etc. and he created a large gameboard out of that. He also used the computer to generate game cards that looked pretty cool.
It was good! It met all of the requirements of the project and he did it all himself - which was bolded in large font on the sheet - DON'T HAVE YOUR PARENTS DO THIS FOR YOU.
So, he gets to school and a few of the kids (who are jerks anyway and bigtime bullies, snot nose brats on a good day) told him how ugly and pathetic his was, how he obviously put NO effort into it, etc.
Now, my son has pretty decent self-esteem, usually cares little about what others say, but he DID work hard on this and he got his feelings hurt. He felt the need to explain to them that he's not "crafty" and we didn't have a lot of resources at home. I wish he hadn't felt the need to make excuses. :(
Meanwhile, these punks brought in gameboards that had been made out of wood - I mean cut with precision equipment, etc. I seriously doubt they had NO parental involvement.
F-ing little punks. If they didn't like my son's game - they should have just kept their damn mouths shut.
This is bringing back the 4th grade lighthouse memories all over again. Same thing - he worked his ASS off and made a really good lighthouse - it was AWESOME. The other kids brought in these HUGE things that ONLY a parent could have done.
PISSES. ME. OFF.
Sorry - I just can't stand it when people hurt my kids' feelings. I know it's a fact of life, and I know they can handle themselves, but it still kills me every time. I just want to go rip those kids a new a**hole.