There seems to have been a lot of bullying going on of late. I seem to be feeling it in each and every aspect of my life. From my children to my work and I don't like it.
FunnyGirl came home from school last week deeply upset that one of her three strong girlie crew had called her best friend fat.
She wanted to know why her other friend would be so horrid to someone who is supposed to be one of her best friends.
What could I say to her?
That there is a lot of it around and that she had just better get used to it?
The girls mum was mortified. Of course she was. We are all friends us mums. Not only are our little ones best friends but we are tied together by our older children too. We are not stupid, we are all educated women. We know that we can't control what are kids say when we are there, let alone when we aren't.
There was lots of 'she said', 'she said' but of course by the time the incident was passed through the kids, the teachers, the on lookers and back to us parents it had become like a game of Chinese whispers.
All adult parties remained chipper but feelings cut deeper than a fixed smile on the playground.
What would your reaction be?