There were some issues at the end of Declan’s preschool year with a few girls in his class saying some mean things to him. These included the ever-so-lovely, “If you won’t do this, I won’t be your friend” routine… and sometimes it got even more, well, juvenile, with downright name-calling.
The other night he was telling us about a time when one of them called him “stupid.” (Which of course, we all know, is the Holy Grail of name-calling when you are 4).
Well, my kid is a lot of things, but he’s not stupid. And even if he was, I wouldn’t tell him that.
So, we worked through and role-played a bunch of different scenarios and “come-backs” that he could say next time someone called him stupid. We even practiced the ever-popular “Shuuah!”
But my favorite was the conversation that follows.
Bryan: OK, so here is another one to say. If someone calls you stupid, you just say… “Oh yeah? Well… your fly is down!”
Declan: [huge smile and hilarious laughter] OK! Let’s try that one!
Bryan: Hey Declan! You’re stupid.
Declan: Um. Oh yeah? Well. Um. YOUR… FLY… IS… DOWN!!!
[Declan flailing around the flooring laughing his head off, in big, belly laughs]
Declan: [pause, sits up] Um, Daddy? What’s a fly?