Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Lesson Learned...the Hard Way
Last Tuesday would have been Morgan's first meeting but, unfortunately, she was sick with the flu that day. She said she felt better and could go that night, but she still had a fever at the time of the meeting and we wouldn't let her. She had been looking forward to doing it for SO LONG that not being able to go brought her to tears. I felt bad for her as I went to the meeting to get the paperwork all filled out. I had told a couple moms I knew at the meeting that she was sick and mentioned how much she had wanted to be there...that she was even in tears.....HUGE mistake!
A couple days later, after school, Morgan ran to her room and started crying out of the blue. When I went in to see what was wrong, she was mad at me because I had told a little girl that she had cried because she couldn't go to Girl Scouts and that girl was telling other girls. My stomach, and my heart, sank. I knew I had mentioned that Morgan cried, but only to emphasize how much she wanted to be at her first day of Girl Scouts. I never meant it to be a negative thing about Morgan or her character. I also really felt for Morgan. Like me, she tends to be more sensitive, so she was really embarrassed and hurt.
Being the first time I unknowingly embarrassed my daughter, I didn't know what to do but apologize and tell her what was said was never meant to hurt her. We talked a bit and went into how much it hurt her to have someone talk about her behind her back, or gossip about her, and how we should never say anything bad about anyone to other people because of how hurtful it is. I also told her that I wasn't sure the girl probably didn't understand that what she did was hurting Morgan's feelings. (At least I hope the girl didn't understand what she was doing!)
Morgan has another meeting tonight, so I've been thinking more about it. I plan to talk to Morgan again, before we go, about what the other girl could have done instead of gossip...like tell Morgan that she was glad to see she is in school and feeling better...maybe add that she was sorry that she missed Girl Scouts and let Morgan know what they did for their first meeting. As bad as I feel that Morgan was embarrassed over something I said, I want her to understand that it could have taken a whole different direction...that something very thoughtful could have happened instead.
I know I learned to watch what I say in front of kids her age. Although I'm sure the mom understood what I was saying, the daughter must not have. I hope Morgan learned how gossiping is hurtful and I hope she learns to be thoughtful if a similar situation ever happens to a friend of hers'.