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Topic: Pressure to buy expensive brands for my daughter
Posted: 09 Oct 2016 at 2:40am
My daughter is starting school and I was shocked when I heard a neighbour's daughter bullying my child about her new jacket.

"Only poor people shop at Target", she said.

My daughter, who was so proud of her new jacket just stood there crying while this girl laughed at her. Soon after my daughter came running into the house and said she did not want the jacket anymore. She is 6 years old. I know children can be mean but this is bullying at its worst for me.

I have a good mind to go round to the neighbour and give them an earful of what I think about their daughter but I am a little worried of making this into more than it is or making it worse for my daughter especially when she starts at school.

Has any parent here experienced bullying?

Marianne M.
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Direct Link To This PostPosted: 09 Oct 2016 at 4:47am
I would be round there in a shot Marianne.

If her parents knew she was behaving like this they would surely reprimand her. If not...well...then you know they're probably a bunch of rednecks not worth wasting time over.

It's a sad sad state of the world that bullying over something as trivial as a brand or where you shop just to make someone feel "poor" or "disadvantaged" already starts at the age of 6.

What hope do our kids actually have in a world like this?

Go round to your neighbours and tell them exactly what you think of their little brat and if necessary tell them that you will go see the head teacher of the school and report them and their kid for bullying.

Best wishes for you and your daughter,

Ian
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Direct Link To This PostPosted: 09 Oct 2016 at 7:55am
Whatever you do Marianne, DO NOT BUY YOUR DAUGHTER ANOTHER JACKET!

You cannot buy your way out of bullying and your daughter cannot get more expensive things just because other children her age have them.

Tell your daughter the jacket she has is worth 10 times the jacket that the neighbours daughter has and tell her why. Because it is warmer. Or better quality. Whatever the reasons you bought the jacket tell your daughter. Make her proud of her jacket. The next time she meets the bully, if she starts to put your daughter down in front of others your daughter can have the ammunition she needs to put her in her place and shut her up in front of the others.

If you want to beat a bully you have to show them for the people they are. Ignorant and stupid.

And I won't apologize for calling a little girl this. If she's old enough to know how to bully then she's old enough to understand the difference between being ignorant and being literate. She clearly knows what she is doing by making your daughter cry and laughing at her.

This makes my blood boil!
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