So my conundrum of the day is my daughter. When I explained to her about exchanging cards in the classroom, she got very concerned. "Even the boys?" she asked. "Yep," I told her. She thought this over for a long time before finally saying, "Okay, I'll give the boys one, but not Nicole."
Nicole has been a thorn in my side since my daughter started Pre-school. When my beautiful, innocent little girl came home the first week of school, and told me Nicole had called her a F******B**** on the playground, I was upset. And saddened. What pre-schooler knows these words enough to use them correctly, as was apparent when my daughter parroted them back to me? Ever since then, about once a week, my girl comes home with a Nicole story; smacking her on the head, making fun of daughter's best-friend, just generally being trouble. The teacher has spoken to Nicole's parents numerous times, but she persists in behaving badly. And not just with my daughter.
So, my issue is, do I negate my daughter's right to be independent, and make her give Nicole a card? Or do I let her stand up for herself, and not give her one? I know parents are supposed to be encouraging of the children and new relationships, but even I don't want this little girl to be my daughter's friend.
Do I sound totally terrible? This has really been bothering me for the past couple days.