I was surprised one afternoon when Z came home from the neighborhood with a bruise under his eye. Z is home schooled so I welcome every opportunity when he goes outside and play with other kids. But now this incident made me think twice in allowing him to go out by himself. He said he was watching the neighborhood kids play. Out of nowhere, one kid taunted him and said bad things to him. He got mad and grabbed his slippers and acted as if he was going to throw it to the kid. He didn’t continue but the kid retaliated and punched him under his eye.
I thought it was going to leave a black eye but thankfully it didn’t. I was relieved because he was not badly hurt but shudder to think might have happened. I thought I wouldn’t have to worry anymore about bullying prevention because he is homeschooled but I’m wrong. He is not safe from the neighborhood kids too!
His dad had a long talk with him. He told Z what he did wrong and what prompted the kid to punch him. He told him the best thing to do was go away. He can’t control the actions of other people but he can control his own actions so he should be able to protect himself.
I hope Z has learned his lesson and this would be the last incident he has with bullies.