Children are dramatic, it's normal. S/O Bullying post
I keep seeing all the replies in the bullying post with explanations that I would never define as bullying, but rather a miscommunication or assumptions being drawn.
Lets start by saying, bullying is real. It does happen, but just because you *feel* as if you bullied, doesn't always mean you were.
One of the frequent replies was "everyone" hated me. As a child did you like everyone? Did you want to be friends with everyone? Do you now?
Maybe I'm weird, but I can not remember ever having a desire for *everyone* in my class to be my friend, nor all of my coworkers, and that's okay. You don't have to be friends with everyone, and no one expects you to. So why would we expect our children to befriend *everyone* too? That is not saying we do not expect our children to be friendly towards others, but that we recognize that not everyone is going to want to hang out with everyone else outside of school/work. So when a child says that *everyone* hates them, couldn't it simply mean that not every child is going out of his or her way to make friends with that child, and that *every* other child isn't actually being mean toward him or her? Of course children do not have the ability to see things this way, so to them it may feel as though 'everyone hates them' when in reality, it's just that no one is initiating a relationship, *including* the child who feels this way.
ETA: Questions in 4th reply on page 1
It's amazing how people don't hold themselves to the standards they set for others.