My kids are very mature for their age, Ty especially. We'd always joke around when she was 2-3 saying she acted like a 10 yr old... and now that she is 10, she acts like she is 18.
I can count on her... to watch her brother, to work on her homework when she gets home, to start dinner if I ask... pretty much anything. She is someone I can talk to about ANYTHING, including things that are more grown up than her age, because she gets it.
Unfortunately, we have had to have talks about what to do if someone is inappropriate with her... what to do, who to talk to, as well as why we were having the conversation in the first place. Some bad things have gone on AROUND her, but thank God, not TO her. Because of those conversations, she feels comfortable coming to me about anything that comes up.
Last night she came in my room and was acting kind of off so I asked her what's up and she said that morning a little girl came to school in a tank top with hand marks all over her arms. The little girl was upset, crying, and freezing. Ty approached her to ask what was going on and offered her the coat she was wearing. According to the girl, her parents are divorced and her mom gets really mad at her sometimes and hits her. (Wow. Brings tears to my eyes typing it as it did when she told me about it.)
I asked her what she did... and she said right then the bell rang and the girl went to class, but Ty and another friend went straight to the office to talk to their principal. She knew what was happening wasn't right and this little girl in her class needed help.
The principal listened to the girls and said he would take care of it. Later on that day, he and the guidance counselor for the school found Ty to tell her thank you again and they were getting the girl some help.
What an amazing thing Ty did for this girl. I am so thankful that she felt led to address the issue with an adult. Thank you Lord!!
I know there are times as a parent (especially as a single mother, as I once was one) that you feel at your wits-end... I also know that hurting a child is not right and there are other things you need to do if you are that upset. Unfortunately that mother didn't feel the same way and I hope she gets the help she needs and reestablish a bond with her child.
I pray for them, that they are comforted by God's love and can deal with their situations in a better manner... and I pray for my daughter, thanking God for such a wonderful child. I am blessed to call her my daughter. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Amen.