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Speaking Up

Friendship, like any other relationship, is full of rough patches. One in particular is when one friend has children and the other doesn’t. One of the mistakes that I have made in a certain friendship could have been easily avoided.
For the sake of anonymity, I’ll be referring to my friend as Nicole. Nicole and I are very different from each other. Where she feels it’s important to be outspoken about every single thing she disagrees with, I prefer to keep my opinions to myself. Especially when it comes to sensitive subjects.
Nicole and I had become fast friends when both of our husbands deployed. We saw each other nearly every day and quickly became familiar with each other. That meant that she also became very familiar with my two children. Now, I can recognize that my three year old is a little high-maintenance. She’s a toddler, and a lot of work. At first when Nicole began explaining to my daughter why it’s important to listen to mommy, I didn’t think that was anything to be concerned with. Over the weeks, she became more controlling. Nicole began to order my children around constantly, to yell at them when they did something she deemed as bad, and even to threaten physical punishment. It wasn’t until I saw that that I realized what a mistake I had made. I had let her walk all over my authority as a mother, and all over my children. I let her know exactly what I thought about her actions and the lack of respect she held for me and my kids. It was a lesson that was bought at a price too steep. My children come first and foremost. Just because they are kids does not mean that people can treat them with disrespect. It was late in life to learn to speak up for others, but it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Posted on February 10th, 2014 by thinspell

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