An Open Letter: To the Mom of the Good Kid, from the Mom of THAT kid


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Hi there! As we get settled into the start of a new school year, our kiddos meet new classmates and find new friends. Let’s be honest here, some kids we would love for our children to play with. Others, not so much. I hear that our children play together often! While this might not be music to your ears, it is the Philharmonic Orchestra to mine. Let me explain…

See, my child is THAT kid in class. The one who talks out of turn. The one who has difficulty with transitions between activities. The one who has a hard time focusing on a task. My child is the one who struggles with controlling his impulsivity and making good decisions. He works so hard to mind his manners while at school, but it is hard to hold it together for 8 consecutive hours. I promise that in our home, we have discipline, expectations, and we are teaching our child how to take responsibility for their actions. I’m willing to bet our home has more structure than most. Our child has a good heart and works really hard to do things that come naturally to other kids. However, when your child comes home from school and mentions the things my child did that day (yes, I know he loves potty words), I imagine it doesn’t come across that way.

While you might not always view my child in a positive light, I truly view yours as a blessing. Your child is the one that is a voice of reason for my child while at school. Your child helps my child make good decisions. Your child leads by example. Your child shows patience and understanding. Your child is kind and is a wonderful friend. At the tender age of six, your child recognizes compassion and is capable of showing it. Your child is inclusive and goes out of their way to not leave anyone behind. Including my child. You should be SO proud of your child.

So, the next time that your child comes home from school and says that they played on the playground with my child, please don’t cringe. Know that your child is making an impactful difference and being a good influence in the life of another. Know that their sweet intentions are not taken for granted. Know that the parent of THAT kid is incredibly thankful for yours.


The parent of THAT kid



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