Seeking Feedback From the Tribe: Ways to Combat That Never-ending Issue of Kids Being Excluded by Stacey Roberts
Bella joined my son's class midway through third grade, but didn't receive quite the reception from the girls one would hope for. Even though she's one of the most intelligent, genuine, inquisitive, witty, artistic (she has her own animated cartoon YouTube channel) and confident individuals I've ever met, it's mainly because she doesn't fit the mold of a girly girl. She is, however, my son's best friend, but that hasn't kept her from feeling left out after being excluded from parties thrown by the girls repeatedly over the years. It's even worse for her mother, as any mother can understand.
Well, Bella's birthday is August 29 and she's always had a party where she invited all her classmates, but this year she isn't having it. Her mom is one of my few good friends, so I called her and she said, "Every time there's a party and Bella isn't invited I'm going to throw a party that's even cooler." I not only backed her on it but am throwing Bella a birthday party with her friends who are boys along with a rented cotton candy machine to hit the "cool" if not "coolest" mark.
I've since thought, though, that I'd like to get feedback, opinions and/or ideas from the tribe on how you might handle this situation. (Please share advice below!)