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  1. Sonata
    December 27, 2022 @ 2:15 am

    The fact that children can be so cruel as to bully an old-aged grandma is just super sad. How can children be so mean?


    • Patricia Morgan
      January 2, 2023 @ 2:04 pm

      Thank you for caring enough, Sonata to ask. Children learn to behave in mean ways. Show me a baby or toddler who uses mean behaviors.

      Consider the incidents of domestic violence–men calling their wives derogatory names and beating them. In some homes it is the woman beating on the man. Consider how mean-spirited North American politics has become. Consider how mean-spirited social media has become. Consider the popularity of violent movies and television shows. Consider how the British tabloids treated Harry and Megan (put your personal likes or dislikes aside as no human deserves the kind of vile treatment they received).

      How do we counter these influences? Lead the way with compassion and kindness. Provide an emotionally safe ear. Stand tall and say, “This behavior is unacceptable. We need to treat each other with respect and dignity.

      Also, be aware, there are children with brain impairment who do not have the capacity to manage their emotions, including anger, and consequently may use aggressive behavior or be goaded by other emotionally wounded children to commit violating acts. Those children need specialized care. When I worked with Lifers (prisoners who had committed murder) I realized how many of them had been manipulated into crime. Often they had brain damage due to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

      Life is complicated with few easy answers. On the whole I advocate that we become clear on our values and live and model, best we can, with integrity.


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