Glitter Glue Princess is at that age where little girls begin the whole rumor spreading thing about each other. She has not been herself of late, and while driving last night she told me that a couple of girls are making up rumors about her, that the boy who sits next to her is her boyfriend, that general sort of thing. One of her friends told her about this because the friend didn’t know if they should go to the teacher about it or not. She was internalizing a lot of anger at these girls, but rather taking it out on me.
So, last night I taught her about my new bit of wisdom and mindset – Be The Duck.
I developed this while working in an atmosphere of rumors and poor behavior too.
It is like this: Ducks are waterproof – they shake their feathers and all the water just rolls away. What ever rumors, lies, and such come at you – if you are the duck, they will roll right off.
It is kind of like the childhood rhyme “I’m rubber and you’re glue; whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you”.
Quack, quack, quack. This is our new mantra at our house. She’s only in fourth grade, so we’ve got a long ways to go…