Have you ever had to deal with complaints from your child’s teacher about his unacceptable behavior in school? Or had to explain to her that your sweet little one has many good character traits and is usually not abusive?
If you have, you surely know how it feels.
If not, let me tell you — it’s NOT a walk in the park. As a matter of fact, it is heart breaking and fills you with a gut wrenching sadness that makes you wonder where you could have gone wrong on your parenting journey.
It was dispersal time. I had gone to pick my son from school. His teacher stopped me to tell me that Jay somehow had managed to get into a scuffle with his friends and ended up beating one of the boys black and blue. She gave me a firm warning about Jay’s unacceptable behavior letting him off fairly lightly just this time as this was his first episode.
I left her assured with promises to talk to him about it.
I was reeling. Seriously, did he (could he?) really do that? And why???
Well… It took me quite some time, through his sobs and anger, to sweet-talk a few sentences out of him. When I heard them though, they staggered me.
Suddenly, it was my turn to choke, with emotion.