February 10, 2016 by 2princessees
First grade has been an interesting year in social learning. It’s been a year of becoming, even more independent, which means it’s been a year full of ups and downs with friends. It’s been a year full of learning that other people have opinions that are different than your own and that you can’t always get your own way. It’s been a year full of learning the definition of compromise. And, it’s been a year of learning that even your friends hurt your feelings sometimes.
When I was younger and there was a disagreement, we were told to ask for forgiveness and the offender would say it was OK. Big E and the other first graders learned an important lesson from the school counselor. Instead of saying that it’s OK, we should say “I forgive you” or “Thanks for apologizing.” It’s not OK that someone hit you or called you names. It’s not OK that someone hurt your feelings. You can forgive them and accept their apology, but don’t say, “it’s OK” because it’s not. Getting your feelings hurt is part of life, but it’s not OK for people to treat your poorly.