"I wonder when the pizza will arrive. I mean, who wants to cook in this weather? DEFINITELY NOT ME."
"I would LOVE to eat pizza" 🍕
"C’mon, Charlie! Food is here. I know you’re hungry so let’s eat something. It’s already late and you have school tomorrow, baby."
"Ok, mom. I’m coming. Let me just finish my project."
"Um.. Mom, there are some kids who keep being mean to me for no reason. I haven’t done anything to them but they keep talking bad about me. It hurts to be hated when it’s not my fault. I tell them to stop but they don’t listen at all. What should I do?"
"What’s wrong, Charlie? You haven’t touched your pizza! I know something’s been bothering you lately. Is something wrong at school? It’s ok to share it with your mom. We can come up with a solution together."
"Huh? I don’t understand what you mean."
"It is not your fault, baby. There is always a reason behind their actions. It has very little to do with you. The reason behind their actions is because they feel insecure."
"A what? That sounds complicated. "
"It means that they don’t feel very good about themselves on the inside. It is a defense mechanism."
"Why me? How do I get them to stop this? Mom, I wish you could use magic to miraculously stop this."
"That happens because they feel jealous of you, a behavior that they learned from another bully."