What to do? I do not know what I am feeling? Appalled, betrayed, flabbergasted, embarrassed, angry, confused...
But more importantly I need some advise on how to handle it, because I KNOW I blew it.
My lovely daughter, so excited to get her first middle school yearbook. I had her name embossed on it with her clubs and sports. A beautiful thing. I went to put on the protective cover and she is just beaming, " Do you want to see the boy I have a crush on"?
Of course I do, what Mother in her right mind would not want to see her daughter's first "official middle school crush"?
As I flip to "his" page I notice other pictures that have been "X" out, names written on them, in permanent green magic marker no less.
What is this I ask her? Oh, those are the kids I don't like, or annoying girls... you know THOSE kids.
I hit the ceiling, not the house, but the one the air traffic controllers are always talking about. I asked her what she was thinking? How would you feel if you saw your picture "x"'d out with Ugly written at the bottom? She said she would feel sad, and angry.
I ended up sending her to bed with a bag of pretzels and threw the yearbook away. Grounding her (no electronics)until I can figure out what to do. She yelled and cried and said what a bad person she was and that she does not like what she did.
Am I over reacting? She did say all the other kids were doing it too. Is this a case of peer pressure run amuck?
Now she wants me to buy her a new yearbook. I can not even begin to get my mind around that request. Not only do I feel like she does not deserve it, but we are talking $38 bucks here.
She is a good girl, does not get into trouble, A's and B's, participates in team sports (softball and cheer leading).
What to do?
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