You Can’t Sit With Us: Tales From the Second Grade "Cool" Table by Reene McGreevy

5 years ago

You Can’t Sit With Us: Tales From the Second Grade "Cool" Table

I have to admit, I was a little taken aback when I overheard my son say the other day that there is a “cool table” in the cafeteria at lunchtime. A cool table in second grade?! Ugh.

This really resonated with me. My mind immediately took me back more than 30 years ago to elementary school. It was not easy for me to make friends then, and I still remember feeling so out of place and very “uncool.” My son’s comment was innocent, but I felt like it at least warranted a conversation to remind him of a few things that I have learned myself. Here is what I told him:

  • Everyone is “cool” in his or her own way.
  • People may be different than you and you may be different from them, and that is OK. It’s what makes the world go ‘round.
  • If you see a new student, introduce yourself.
  • Make great friends, but don’t exclude others from your group.

After I went through this list I asked my son, what makes someone “cool” anyway? He looked at me and said, “They just have to be nice, Mom.” I was very happy to hear this, but still thought this was a great teachable moment and a good reminder to always be accepting of others!

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Ann Marie Patitucci
Great job, mom! And great job to your little one. Nice IS cool! Thanks for sharing this with us, Reene McGreevy !
Elisa Schmitz
Nice is the new cool! Love that. I think you handled this so well. Thanks for sharing. I know it will help other parents who will inevitably go through this with their kids! Reene McGreevy
Mike Prochaska
I don’t know what to say about this cool table already in 2nd grade this not high school. Don’t kids have to sit at class tables for lunch ? My kids do
Keith Sereduck
I was wondering the same thing. At my kid's school they have to sit with their class.

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