“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?”


“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” When my daughter’s high school student leadership (of which she was a part – freshman class president) decided to stage a walkout to demand action on school shootings, some of her friends told her they wanted to participate but their teachers were saying they would not be allowed to leave the classroom. She asked if they meant they would face suspension or other discipline? Her friends answered “no our teacher said we wouldn’t be allowed to leave no matter what.” My daughter said “that’s not okay, you aren’t a prisoner, if you want to leave and are willing to accept the consequences, the teacher cant lock you in.” Then she said that anyone who wanted to participate but needed moral support should message her and she would personally come to their classroom and get them. She collected several kids who were too afraid to defy the teacher and walk out, but who wanted to join the protest.

We had had many a long discussion about civil disobedience in our home on various occasions, and she was fully informed and prepared to take responsibility. I was so proud of her I was fit to burst.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” Had a daughter constantly getting paired up with a kid who was failing while everyone else got to choose their partners. My daughter started just doing all of the work and turning it in. The teacher noticed and got on her for not teaching the kid how to do the work. My daughter told her “when you give me part of your paycheck I’ll do part of your job”. While I’m glad that she spoke up for herself, I told her that we don’t talk to teachers like that.

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“I was thinking about an instance where a parent had to strictly admonish their child outwardly while on the inside they struggled not to laugh about whatever it was their child did,” the OP recalled, discussing what made them pose the question on the ‘Ask Women’ subreddit.

“It made me think how kids will do things parents have to tell them not to do because they are dangerous, or break the rules, but they are still the ‘right’ thing to do. It’s a funny dichotomy.”

Some instances like this do tend to be funny, which makes it difficult for parents to keep a straight face, but it’s crucial that they do if they want to teach their little one to distinguish right from wrong. Children reportedly build the foundation for ethical behavior over the first five years of their lives and parents play a crucial role in the process.

“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” 14yr old son changed overhead projector slides (after his teacher approved them) for his ELA group project to screenshots from his classmate and other students in the school. The text were from the night before calling him names and telling him repeatedly to unalive himself. This particular group has been relentless. His presentation was based on an animal project. After a few slides he says “you guys wanna see what real animals look like” and proceeds to let the whole class read them. He respectfully apologized to the teacher and said I’ll see myself down to the principals office now. I was proud, pissed, and sad.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” In middle school. A bully at my kid’s school told her that she was going to Hell because she has lesbian moms, and that she should just die now. He said something about sinners not deserving prayer too. She responded, “You should pray my mom doesn’t steal yours from your dad. F**k off.” This happened in front of the class and teacher. Both were sent to the office.

When the school called, it was clear admin was not upset with my kid, but couldn’t tolerate cursing. Issued a warning. My wife and I took her for ice cream when she got home and told her to never stop standing up for herself and those she loves. I warned that cursing at school was against the rules and so by all means to keep up the sick burns, but maybe clean up the language.

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The redditor admitted being quite surprised by the sheer amount of responses their post garnered; clearly, this type of wrong-right behavior among children is a rather common occurrence.

“It was interesting to see how many were about kids having to defend themselves against bullies,” they added. “I was in high school when ‘zero tolerance’ was started in my school, where just being a part of a fight, even defending yourself, would get you a suspension—a rule that is just asinine and lazy. Generally it seems to punish the victims more than the bullies.”

My daughter (6 at the time of the incident) was at school during swimming class. She was sat on the side of the pool as instructed by the teacher, who needed to assist a visually impaired student. An older boy (9 at the time) stood over my daughter, making extremely rude comments about her and kept trying to show her his genitals. She couldn’t walk away, so she punched him in the d**k.

She’s always had quite the temper, and must have been very angry, because the boy was taken to hospital for extreme bruising and swelling, and so was my daughter because she broke 2 bones in her hand, and needed a cast. We’ve since signed her up to martial arts, I figure she needed to learn how to punch without injuring herself.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” My sister got suspended from school for dacking a guy (pulling his pants down) in front of everyone. Later we found out it was revenge for him using a mirror to look up girl’s skirts. 🤷‍♀️
We were all proud of her.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” Probably a common one, but the time he changed our alarm clocks and the clocks on the ovens to 3 hrs early on Christmas Eve. He had us up at about 3:30 am. Was quite proud as I didn’t know he knew how to change either of the clocks. He was 6.

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When discussing the “wrong” things kids do, the OP shared that fighting in your own defense or someone else’s defense is definitely something they wouldn’t consider wrong. “If you ask a teacher what to do about someone beating you, the popular response from my childhood seemed to be ‘walk away and get a teacher’; as if it’s that simple.”

They continued to point out that not blindly listening to authority figures would be there on the list, too. “Adults do not always have a child’s best interests at heart and kids need to know when it is appropriate to stand up for themselves when they know what an adult is doing is wrong,” the redditor explained. “Some adults may still see standing up for yourself as disrespect but I think that is slowly changing in society.”

“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” Our neighbour had asked my son (who was about 9-10 years old) to help her bring some logs inside her house. No compensation mentioned.

He was back, on his own, about 15mn later. Apparently the neighbour was calling him lazy and telling him he was not working fast enough (for free).

So he left her and her wood and came home.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” My kid constantly invents “problem solvers”, but since he loves paper, they are mostly made out of paper and upcycled stuff. Everytime I complain or even sigh, he comes up with a solution. This week I have gotten: a tile cleaner (a box with a sponge that can be attached to the tile and when I pull a string it wipes), a hot cup hand protector, a coffee machine that brews the coffee cold (yes, he invented the cold brew, just with a milk carton) and today he programmed his lego robot to respond to my egg timer noise and drive up to me to poke me, because I often don’t hear it with the headphones in and almost roasted the potatoes too dark yesterday. 

It’s all so useless, but I am so proud.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” My son punched a bully at his school after ignoring him for a few days and the bully never stopped until he finally grabbed him so my son snapped. He got suspended. I was secretly proud of him.

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“Kids can be amazing and seeing them become their own people and interpret the rules can be an amazing thing,” the OP told Bored Panda. “Too often life will teach us to just follow the rules and not question things. We let the bullies of the workplace or corporations push us around and it might be good to remember what it was like to be a kid when we just did what we thought was right, no matter the consequences.”

“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” My 17 year old daughter is deaf, has a cochlear implant and does very well with herself. She took sign language as an elective course to learn what she missed out on growing up learning to speak. the teacher treated my daughter like c**p, letting her know that she was a “disgrace to real deaf people” my daughter had enough, flipped her off, saying “here is some sign language for you” and left the class.
I told her she can’t talk to her teacher like that but I was so proud deep down LOL.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” My oldest was taking the classroom part of Drivers Ed online at the tail end of Covid. He’s a bright kid and a fast reader …he got through all the material and passed the tests quickly. However, they apparently require a certain number of hours with the material in addition to passing the assessments to get the certification to move to the “on the road” portion of the class. So he wrote a script that would click around and advance the screen automatically to hit the hours requirement. I loved that he figured out how to code something like that for such a dumb requirement. Work smarter not harder!

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So not my child but my little sister(12) she’s always been my responsibility. These girls were picking on her, cornering her in the bathroom, kicking, pinching, pulling her hair, you get the picture.
One day she has had enough and the main girl comes up behind her, slams her water bottle on the ground and kicks my sister. So my sister walks up behind her as she’s trying to walk away and just smacked the ever loving s**t out of the other girl.

on a separate note my sister has been doing gymnastics since she was 5 and is VERY muscular so when i said smacked i mean the other girl literally fell into the wall.

needless to say they both got suspended from friday til monday but im proud of my lil devil, she just like me fr🙃.

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I’m not sure if what my daughter did was technically ‘wrong’ – actually I think it was perfectly correct. Last October her English class was given an assignment to write a horror story for Halloween. Well, my daughter wrote one hell of a story. 

I want to be clear the story wasn’t about a school shooting or actively harming a specific person – it was actually about the passive horror of our society and the existential horror of poverty. 

 I won’t go into details, but it was very well written and descriptive and well and truly horrific.  She had to do to a lot of research to get the details correct in her story. I was actually really proud of her, she knocked that assignment out of the park. 

Her teacher and the school admin, however, were not impressed. They thought it was too horrific. My husband and I got called in, they wanted to know how a 13 year old girl would write a story like that – the teacher said it was too horrific and not at all what she expected when she gave the assignment.  They even wanted our daughter to go to counselling! 

We both pushed back hard on the school, she did nothing wrong, she understood the assignment! Anyways, she got an A but I doubt she will be in that teachers class ever again. .

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” Kid, who was 9 at the time. We had an insufferable pediatrician who constantly talked down to both me and my kid, while also not actually helping us in any way. At our (ended up being) final appointment with him he asked my son a question about school, and then interrupted his response to “correct/argue” what he thought my son was saying (which wasn’t actually at all what he was saying) . My son was so done with this guy by this point and gave him a full on death glare, and *lost his s**t* on the dr. Just absolutely let the dr have it with an angry, long, detailed list of everything he disliked about him, what he should do instead of assuming he knows everything (primarily listen more and talk less), and then finished up suggesting the dr find a different line of work since he “clearly isn’t able to pay any attention to anything his patients think”. He suggested being a talk show host or something. 💀 It was the most horrifying and yet satisfying experience. First time the dr was actually silent. Made our excuses and GTFO.

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My daughter back in 7th grade had a friend (male) who had his hair pulled back into a ponytail. A couple of bullies were walking behind them and kept pulling the boys’ ponytail and calling him names. Ponytail told them to stop but they kept on. My daughter, having seen quite enough, turned around and punched one of the boys right in the face, closed fist and all. She told the boy if he had kept his f*****g hands to himself she wouldn’t have had to punch him.

Obviously, I was called to the school for a meeting with the principal, the bullies mom, and ponytail’s mom. They tried to suspend my daughter for 2 weeks but her friend defended her. 2 hrs later, the bully ended up with a week’s suspension, and my daughter received 1 day.

Do I encourage violence? Absolutely not. But my kids know when and where to defend others who can’t/won’t defend themselves. I’ll never forget that day. I was so proud.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” Broke into my locked bedroom by sliding a butter knife in the gap, pushing the “tongue” down (installed backwards) so he could pull it open. Waited until I was distracted to do this so he could steal chocolate. He was 2.5 and had watched his dad do it a few days before. We knew right then that we were in for trouble.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” She (youngest) was in 7th grade when a classmate told her she was “going to hell” bc she wasn’t a Christian.

She told the girl, “f**k off.”

I was not happy with the cuss word but I was happy she stood up to herself against a judgmental jerk.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” Years ago, my 15-year-old son was really into computers and programming. He discovered that he could hack into the school’s computer system, so he partitioned the drive on the server and loaded on several games. He shared the games with a handful of friends, who played hours upon hours of PC games until, at last, someone in the administration discovered it. He was banned from the school’s computers for two months.

While I didn’t approve of him fooling around with the school’s server, I told his principal that SOME companies pay big bucks to have someone try to hack into their system to find weaknesses, and, luckily, HIS school didn’t need to pay someone to do this, since my son had easily given himself full administration rights, and he was only 15.

I didn’t punish my son at home except to tell him that it would be a BIG legal problem if he did this again.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” My eldest briefly went to daycare one day a week when he was about 1 and figured out their child locks, a type he’d never seen before, within a day of being there. He caused absolute mayhem in the baby room by unlocking one cabinet and opening it up for the other babies to have at. Then while the staff were trying to get the other babies out of the cabinet, put all the contents back and relock it, my Incarnation of Pure Chaos was busy unlocking another cabinet. Rinse and repeat until they had an extra staff member come and keep my child at bay while the others rounded up babies and relocked all the cabinets.

When I was told what happened at pick up, I didn’t know how to respond. I was a mix of concerned, proud, trying not to laugh and embarrassed. But mostly proud, ngl. I spent that walk home from daycare wondering what I inadvertently unleashed upon the world.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” My brother fought a kid who was bullying and shoving his best friend who had mobility issues. The principal told him not to do it again while winking over my brother’s head to my mother.

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She saw two younger students getting beaten up by a group of senior kids. Everyone watching (recording on phones) with no one intervening. She (and her friend) jumped in and started defending these younger kids. Threw a few, copped a few, put some on their a**es. Teachers finally intervened. Because there was so much video evidence, she was not given any form of suspension/punishment. She didn’t even know the kids being attacked. She just knew it wasn’t right. Took the, “never start a fight but but god be the one to end it” a little out of context lol. Am proud of her for sticking up for people who weren’t able to, but still a scary thing at the time.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” My son got in trouble at school for punching another kid in the face.

He had been playing with friends when one of them started tripping him on purpose, he tried to de-escalate and walk away but they followed him and kept pushing him, so he turned around and punched him. Even the teacher said she was reluctant to punish him when she called me.

We went and got ice cream after school.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” About 2 years old, my daughter was playing on the playground and a little boy kept coming over to hug her and she would put her arm up to stop him. She finally pushed him to the ground.

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My daughter was in grade four when an EAP was supervising the students while they were in groups.

He came to my kids group while why we’re discussing the different religions they practiced at home and what celebrations they have.

One kid said they were a Christian, and celebrated Christmas, and round it went. When it got to my kid she said “I’m an atheist, but we celebrate Christmas”

The EAP jumps on her and says “how can you believe in nothing? How was the world created?”

“Gravity pulled gasses and rocks together”

His queries got bigger: How was the sun created? The universe?

Being the smart a*s that she is, replied: “The big bang created everything.”.

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During my daughter’s 4th grade parent teach teacher conference, her teacher informed me she was teaching the other girls in the class about menstrual cycles. The teacher asked me to put a stop to it. To be clear, my daughter hadn’t had the full sex talk yet, but I had taught her and her sister about how their bodies worked, in case either of them were early bloomers. When she was in high school, we became the safe haven for pregnancy tests, plan b, condoms etc… for her friends.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” Not my child, but I thought it was funny.. my friend’s son got braces in the fall and couldn’t eat a lot of his halloween candy so he was selling it to the other kids at school. he got in trouble for it but his dad was more impressed than anything. the kid’s a freaking hustler!

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My daughter had a boy who was coming up to her at recess and screaming in her ear. Yard duty and teachers did nothing to help. So I told her to stick a piece of bark in his mouth. And she did! When he came up to her the following day she picked up another piece and said “you want another one?” No more issues with screaming bully boy. I was so proud.

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My step-son was suspended for beating up a kid that was picking on his wheelchair bound cousin. Due to her disability she needs adult diapers and a boy at school teased her relentlessly until my step-son kicked his butt. The school knew and did nothing.

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My kid had been bullied all year, thrown off playground equipment, poked with a sharp stick,…

He finally decided it was enough, and bit the guy’s arm until it bled.

The principal wanted him to apologize. I told my kid in front of her that I’m proud of him for doing what the school is unwilling to do, and took him out for his favourite food.

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At school my daughter was accused of some minor misdemeanor and was told to apologise. She hadn’t done what she was accused of and rather than apologise wrongly took a detention. She was NOT saying sorry for something she didn’t do even if it meant a punishment. She is a top woman.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” My son was 5 or 6 and was practicing piano. He kept making the exact same mistake over and over each time he played a song.

He had recorded it (it is a digital piano) and was just hitting the replay button each time. Smart and lazy. I was so proud.

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My son has frequently told adults no and walked away from them when they violate his boundaries or treat him unfairly. I’m so glad to see he has the confidence that he does. He’s 16 now and has a very strong and direct moral compass.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” My daughter and I were in line for a bathroom. One person ahead of us when a very very pregnant woman came in doing the ‘baby is on my bladder dance’ everyone else was letting her go ahead but the lady in front of us told her “It’s not my fault you got knocked up. You can wait like the rest of us!” My daughter, who was 7, looked this lady in the eye and said “Stop being a b***h and let her go or I’ll tell her to pee on your shoes!”.

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My preschooler got in trouble at school for talking during quiet time. A classmate said that Spider-Man is for boys only and my kiddo argued that Spider-Man is for everyone. My baby is normally very quiet and shy, very obedient, so this was unusual behavior. We were honestly so proud as parents- we’re not fans of arbitrary gender rules. The teacher who disciplined my kid admitted to me that she was also impressed by our little one standing up to others.

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My oldest daughter was up for the citizenship award at the end of 6th grade. There were 2 little girls who were new mid year, and she and her friends befriended them, and had them sleep over. For some reason the 2 girls began bullying my daughter and her friends. By the year’s end, it had been going on for some time apparently. The last day of school, they ganged up on one of the friends, and my daughter grabbed her (the one of the 2) bag and punched her. She lost the citizenship award, we took her for ice cream.

ShylieF Report

My ex-husband licked her nose playfully and she spit in his face. He is notorious for not respecting her boundaries. They only see each other twice a year so they are basically strangers. If it were up to her she wouldn’t see him.

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I don’t have kids but I was a camp counsellor so I’ll tell my favourite story from there;

They stole the lunch table.

I still don’t know how they managed to smuggle away a damn TABLE. They’re like, 8. Sneaky little rascals. I’m still impressed.

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He hit a guy picking on a young woman wearing a hijab. It happened in high school. He got suspended for three days. I told the principal he was a moron and he had suspended the wrong kid.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” We had to go to an ARD (admittance, review, dismissal) committee meeting for my son’s annual IEP (individual education plan) updates, changes, etc when he was about in 4th grade.

The art teacher was there and she was like, “Well..I asked him to do this project and it’s *technically* both wrong and right at the same time.”

They had to create a night time city scape out of squares and rectangles and his buildings had the yellow squares they were supposed to use for windows floating *above* the buildings.

I was like, “I like it. I think it’s creative and even if it’s not technically what you asked him to do, he DID do it…just in his own way.”

I’m guessing nobody explained to the art teacher that my son doesn’t really see things like the rest of us due to his autism. We’d known it (and so had the school) for several years by that point, after a teacher pointed it out when she showed us a drawing of a house she’d asked Son to copy and the windows were floating outside the square box of the main part of the house and the triangle roof was floating above it, with a rectangular chimney floating above that to one side. The door was *below* the main part of the house, as well. So he’d done what she asked…just technically *wrong* according to her.

This was the SAME ARD committee meeting where his teacher told us how Son got in trouble for saying “bad words” on the playground during recess.

What did he say?

Another kid was hassling him and Son told the other kid “Don’t be a drag. Just be a queen.” to get him to leave him alone. I was like, “OOOOk…no more listening to Lady Gaga with you in the car, I guess.”.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” My kid figured out the default way the login and passwords are set up in his school and can log in as 3/4 of the teachers and nearly all kids as they didn’t bother to change the default.

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“What Is Something Your Child Did That Was Technically ‘Wrong’ But You Were Proud Of Them?” My kid hit another kid in daycare, and drew a little blood accidentally. Not “wrong” because it’s normal for toddlers to hit but wrong because it absolutely isn’t encouraged or tolerated. We talked a lot about using our gentle hands after.

But I had EXACTLY zero issue with it because apparently my daughter told a boy her couldn’t have her toys *five* times before he tried to take it from her. My daughter had her no disrespected and her boundaries crossed? Great! Recognize that’s a problem now, kid.

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Teacher here…taught phonics using ASL and was giving a spelling test. Noticed some boys signaling each other how to spell the words. I was sooo impressed! Great way to cheat.

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8 year old punched his bully in the face at school. The boy torments, and makes fun of all the disability children. He no longer gets teased at school.

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One of our kids sucker punched their cousin because the cousin was being a racist little s**t. Our kid (age 11, I think) was *pissed* that the racist turd was making bigoted comments and trying to get our youngest kid to join in. Our older kid had their back turned to their cousin, spun around, and walloped the racist cousin a good one right in the gut.

Our older kid came up to me right after and told me exactly what happened. “I think I’m grounded. I just punched out X for making racist comments and trying to get Y to do the same thing.”

Nope, we’re good. Go back and play. Just come get me next time instead of beating the s**t out of your idiot cousin.

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My youngest was about 4? Maybe 5. He was flipping through an educational work book that one (or both) of his brothers had previously worked on. He came across a bunch of mazes that they’d just kind of ignored the lines and drawn a line from start to finish. Under his breath, I heard him mumble, “What the f…??” in exactly the right tone. I was horrified and terrified that he’d say it again at his church-sponsored daycare, but I was proud that he’d used it correctly. I couldn’t even pretend I didn’t know where he learned it.

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In 8th grade my kid wrote a report on gaslighting. the entire report was him gaslighting his audience, it was brilliant (and obviously satirical).

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My 6 year old was banned for a day from Roblox for calling someone a m**********r after she repeatedly asked them to get off her yard and they wouldn’t.

[Proof pic older sibling sent on Snap](https://imgur.com/a/0nWsEX5).

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My daughter when she was in second grade was in gym class and her coach was trying to correct her form. My daughter turned to her coach and said very matter of fact ‘this is my body, I tell my body how to move and where to go, you’re not the boss of my body.’ My daughter was also this tiny, super shy and sweet kid. Her coach was so shocked he actually called me to apologize for making her feel violated enough to say something.

When I questioned my daughter about what happened it was literally him showing her how to stand to shoot a basketball. Didn’t even touch her or stand near her. She knew her boundaries that kid.

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My 3 1/2 year old throat punched a kid who was bullying her in preschool. We’d always kinda taught her self defense at a level she could understand because she was small and could be a pushover (read: easy target) but never thought it would come in handy so early!
The teacher assumed the hit to the throat was because of her shrimpy size and we were just like …yeah 👉🏻👈🏻… and took her for ice cream.

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My mom’s boyfriend is a bully and picks on my kids. “It’s just a joke!”
On Christmas my 10 year old was playing with his new vr headset minding his business and having a good morning like all kids deserve. The BF started to poke at my son, confusing him. It caused him to move too close to the kitchen counter and he whacked is wrist on the edge. The BF starts to point and laugh like a cartoon bully. My son puts both middle fingers in the air as I lead him out of the room. I’ve never seen this boy do anything like it. I’m glad he stood up for himself. We never made him apologize either.

StabbyMcStabsauce Report

Punched my ex-boyfriend in the nuts, had to tell him off but it was the best left hook I’ve ever seen a kid throw!!

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My youngest son did not like his step mother and would constantly pick on her when he was visiting his dad.

He locked her out of the house a few times, but the worse thing he did, at four years old, he slurped up some milk from the cat dish, went up a ladder and spit it all out on her.

I know its a bad thing to be proud of, but that woman really was the evil stepmother type.

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Nosy neighbor was interrogating my 16 year old about something that was none of his business. Kid told a straight-up lie smoothly and calmly, to get neighbor to go away.

I was ok with this.

reverievt Report

One day, we were at the library and my kid (~3 years old) was playing at the train table and minding her business. A little boy, a couple of years older, was running around and shoulder checking her as he’d pass. She came and told us, and we said she was going to have to stand up for herself this time. So the next time he ran into her, she punched him in the stomach. His little brother, probably 2, jumped on her back to attack her back, and both ended up trying to fight her. I say try because she was managing to hit them both, dislodged the one on her back, and THEN their mom showed up and yelled at her and us for our kid sticking up for herself and fighting her precious sons. We told her the situation, and then she scooped up her youngest, grabbed her oldest, and marched out. We left and immediately went to McDonald’s for an ice cream.

littlemermaidmadi Report

My 14 mo stole a banana, poke a hole through the skin and tried to eat the banana through the hole when he got caught by my mom.
I guess this belongs here.

Qiyoshiwarrior Report

Punching a bully who had tormented him mercilessly for a few years. They were around 11 at the time. Even the school principal said that he understood why it happened, but had to suspend him.

frog_ladee Report

We were at some tide pools, and my kids saw a family of clearly foreign tourists who had brought nets and buckets and were taking crabs and other wildlife from the tide pools to take home, which is absolutely forbidden at the SoCal beach where we were. The family was busy catching animals and had their backs to a bucket near the edge of the water.

My five-yr-old daughter whispered, “Mom, let’s just dump the bucket back in.”

It would never have occurred to me to do it and I was proud of her. I laughed. But I decided against it because I didn’t want to expose her to whatever weird wrath those people might have unleashed.

I sorta wish I’d gone for it, though.

thayaht Report

My son was being bullied horrifically at school. He is autistic and high functioning but doesn’t always understand social situations. A group of boys had been bullying him, shoving, intimidating, and hitting him. One day, he was surrounded by 7 of them, and he punched one in the face. It was caught on cctv and was called in. I told the headteacher that I refused to punish him for self-defense, but if he was the one to start it, then I’d be the first to punish him. After I demanded they go through the cctv, they discovered many instances of my boy being bullied. I was rather proud of him. And they never went near him again, so my boy got to continue school in his own litter bubble.

isitpurple Report

When my son was 11 there was a kid at school always trying to start something with him. So one day the kid was making threats and my son said “my mom said I’m not allowed to start it, but I’m allowed to finish it, so go ahead and punch me.” A teacher heard. He got a day suspended and I got him McDonald’s, ice cream, and we watched movies. I also told him he’s not supposed to goad them on.

ScottlandyardRi Report

When I was around 10 I think, I once stole 10€ from my mom’s wallet to buy myself a colorful children’s encyclopedia.

My dad was so proud.

imnocreative Report

Mine cussed out his 76 year-old grandmother (my mom) for attempting to be manipulative with them. Might I add, perfect subject/verb agreement and bonus points for creativity. My child is 25, on the spectrum, and inherited my lack of f***s. So proud. The student has become the master!

Hot_messed Report

A bully at school was throwing things at his friend and my son jumped in front then pushed the kid down. Then he got in trouble for pushing and was banished to the non fun side of the schoolyard. The friend he defended didn’t even stay with him. I was proud of my kid for standing up against a jerk bully.

Necessary-Metal-2187 Report

When my youngest son was 2, he helped clean the bathroom mirror by spitting water on it and wiping it with a cloth. A for effort. Thanks, kiddo lol.

HappyinHope Report

There was a kid in my son’s class (around 12yo maybe) who was really disruptive and rude. My son basically used the grey rock technique, ignored him and didn’t engage, focused on his school work. His teacher criticised him for not being friendly “with those who are different than him” like it was a character flaw. I think you do what you need to do when someone you don’t like is regularly in your face. I thought he handled it well!

Moss_PigletNZ Report

Two of my boys broke into the school in the middle of the night and put a rooster in one of the courtyards as a senior prank. It was funny, they did no damage, but technically very bad.

Visible-Tea-2734 Report

My kid was given a dentention for punching a bully who was throwing spit balls at the kindergarten kids waiting in the school line to come back in after recess at school.

I think they did it just to say they did something.. because he probably would have been suspended or expelled if the situation for the reason was different.

tracymayo Report

When my son was 4 I took him out to the woods alone, just me him, and a few dogs and I gave him a lighter to play with to start our fire …. kept him busy the entire stay .. finding different things (mainly different types of wood and leaves and branches) to burn and try to get the fire going good was the coolest thing to him and I was very proud that he learned how to use a lighter safely and do it well… took a couple burns but he knows what he’s doin and how to start a fire with or without a lighter now…and he’s 15 now and could survive in the woods if need be…

singingsparkle-eyes Report


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