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Learning from a 9-Year-Old

There’s a little girl in my Brownie troop. She’s sort of incredible, actually. She is, as I like to say, my most vocal scout. Loud and boisterous, you always know where she is and what she’s up to. All the girls love her, and despite the fact that it can be a challenge to corral her, my co-leader and I do, too.

Last week one of the moms confided in me that this little girl did something amazing at recess. One of the other girls in our troop was being bullied. This is a girl that my vocal scout isn’t good friends with. They have been in Brownies together, but they are not hanging out after school or anything. My vocal scout, seeing this going down, ran over and stuck up for that child, telling the would-be bully girl to back off. When I heard about it, I was impressed. More than impressed, actually. I was floored.

How does a kid who is 9-years-old have the gumption, self-confidence, and compassion to help someone else like that? It is awe-inspiring. Good parenting has a lot to do with it, I’m sure. Innate kindness and empathy, too. But still, there are plenty of kids who have great parents and who are compassionate souls who may have looked the other way. I don’t know the answer to the question, I guess.

Since I don’t have an answer, I will leave you with this: Any one of us could stick up for someone who is being bullied. If a 9-year-old can do it, so can we. Take that into your next PTA meeting, boardroom, or park visit. It’s something to think about.

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