“Mom, what do you do when someone is bossy?”
“What’s going on, buddy?”
“What if someone tried to boss you everyday and it was really annoying?”
“Well, I guess if that was happening to me, I would tell them to stop.”
“I already tried that. She didn’t.”
Dad, jumping onto the bed, “What are we talking about?”
“Someone being bossy at school.”
“Kieran needs help dealing with someone who is giving him a hard time.
What if, the next time she tells you what to do, you say to her, I am so over you bossing me.”
“Or… You could say, does somebody need a hug?”
Giggles from the parents.
Silence from the child.
“I could never say anything like that.”
“What would you say?”
“If she said, stop talking, Kieran, I could say, stop telling me what to do. Then if she said, I don’t care what you say, I could say, then why are you talking to me?”
Together: “That could work. Try that.”
“I think you just need to show her that you aren’t ok being spoken to like that.”
“I think you’re right.”