— How should I re­act when my son refers to one of his class­mates as “fat”?

Milk Magazine (English) - - EDUCATION - Caro­line Khanafer, psy­cho­an­a­lyst

Your son is per­fectly en­ti­tled to think­ing that she is fat and re­fut­ing his opin­ion of another child would be point­less. How­ever, it is im­por­tant to tell him: “That is not some­thing one says to another per­son, be­cause that word can be ex­tremely hurt­ful.” Also ex­plain to him that we are not all the same, that we all have our phys­i­cal pe­cu­liar­i­ties and that we can­not trans­form our­selves, but that, as a hu­man be­ing, there is one im­por­tant rule to be fol­lowed: one should not hurt other peo­ple. He has the right to ques­tion him­self and to take a crit­i­cal look at other peo­ple, but try to en­sure that he de­vel­ops em­pa­thy by stress­ing the fact that un­kind words can hurt the per­son on the re­ceiv­ing end deeply.

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