In preparation for his holiday show, Baby D is learning all about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. They had me thinking about poor old Rudolph. for many children, he's their first experience with the concept of bullying. I know, I know, we hear the term about fifty times a day in the news.
Those plain-nosed reindeer tormented Rudolph because he was different and he only became special because Santa saw the utility in having that illuminating nose. As our firstborn, Baby D usually has no issue telling potential bullies to take a hike but I wonder how he (and his younger brother) will handle troublemakers in public school.
He has already asked us if he should hit his schoolmate back should the offender attempt to strike him again in school. Based on the fact that the little fella never hit him again, I'm pretty sure he resolved the issue to his satisfaction. And no, I won't tell you how we advised his strategy. That's privileged information.