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Despite being asked not to, a friend calls your child a "sook" when he or she is upset.

What do you do?

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If a friend.....then they REALLY need to know it
offends.
If they still do it, well you have to ask 'what friend would keep doing it, and not listen'.
Great choice of image, jonaj. Thanks for your response too. :)
by Vee
no worries :)

by jonaj
I'd defend my child immediately, but in a gentle way, saying something like...."No she (or he) isn't. She's just tired or bored." Even if a child isn't behaving in a socially-acceptable way, I really believe that it's up to the parents to discipline them....and that calling children (our own or others') names is never, ever appropriate.
That's what I've been doing, Carolyn. I think this particular person resorts to name-calling because it is second nature to them, but when I say, "No he's just tired or frustrated," they try to almost defend themselves. It saddens me more than anything. I will remain persistent, and hopefully the message sinks in.
by Vee
I'd defend my child immediately, but in a gentle way, saying something like...."No she (or he) isn't. She's just tired or bored." Even if a child isn't behaving in a socially-acceptable way, I really believe that it's up to the parents to discipline them....and that calling children (our own or others') names is never, ever appropriate.
I'm with the rest of you. I will respond with something like "no - she's just different to you - in the same way that she is probably much smarter than you in the classroom, but she chooses not to lord it over others. Every person has different strengths and weaknesses and people who learn to appreciate that often become society's greatest achievers" (she's academically gifted - completely off the NAPLAN scale - but socially & emotionally challenged).
by kimp
I'd reassess my definition of friendship. That's unacceptable.
Vee should show her our answers. ლ(`ー´ლ)
by Rice
LOL! Good one Rice!
by Vee
Tell them t jump in a lake.
And swallow a snake, then come back with a belly ache? :-P
by Vee
Wow, Vee, how do you not slap them?! How rude! Children take these things on board and regardless of what your "friend" thinks, she has no right to say such things. Your child may well remember being called a sook long after the event that caused the so called "sooking". Sook was a real insult when I was young.
by Rice
Rice, it has not happened for a while now. My son was only really small when it did so I doubt he even understood. But it took a lot of restraint to be 'normal' with friend when it happened. :(
by Vee
Good. Pleased to hear it. Bullies used to call, "Sooky Bub!" and such, so she needs to cease it for the future too.
by Rice
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