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  • Ray Neighbor, your story on Being a Dad shows that you definitely are a member of the "Someday We Will Laugh Club". You just had the sense to do it right away.

    It reminded me of an incident with our own Jeremy.

    As a child he was one of those sweet, sensitive souls who other parents valued as a friend for their own child. He was thoughtful and kind, often seeing to the needs of others. An example. One day when we were out running errands, his younger brother crashed his bike into a parked car causing $350 in damages. Jeremy handled talking to the policeman getting the initial accident report started. When we got home, we found that he had lined up his toys and other belongings that could be sold to help pay for the repairs. He was a problem solver without an understanding of insurance.

    Jeremy was not aggressive - to the point of being non-assertive. In the last years of grade school and the wonderfulness of middle school, that became a problem in itself. Not handling teasing particularly well called for more, to the point of bullying. Being tall with no extra meat on him didn't help. By the time he entered high school, he fortunately had a circle of close friends who provided a safe harbor . There were still a few people who occasionally caused him grief, however.

    One day, while running track, another boy continued to bump and push Jeremy. Jeremy had had enough and began to push back. Eventually the boy threw a punch (resulting in a broken hand on his part) and they were both hauled into the principal's office. When my husband took the call about the fight, the first words out of his mouth were "Well, it's about time!" Dead silence while the counselor regrouped. We understood the 3 -day suspension, but we also considered it a great step forward.
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