Bullying is learned, not taught, not innate. Yes there is a pecking order, but most often than not it can be settled over a game of four square (do kids still play that) and lawyers aren’t required.
Having the “joy” of being the only dad at many of my daughters school functions, I understand the pressure the author felt. I know what it is to be made to feel less than, because I CAN afford the time to go to my daughters school functions. But a man at a school party must not have a job right? Half these mothers that have no life outside of the PTA live off of their husbands hard work and reputation, not the work they monetarily put into their households, gaining their social points by the outfits they where to pick their mini-mes up after school.
We live modestly and within our means, if it weren’t for a couple of ill timed injuries we’d be better off today than we are today but there is starting to be some money left at the end of the month instead of the other way around, our daughter can pretty much do what she wants, she doesn’t know that. But for those of us that grew up in a house of 7 and 3 bedrooms, or 4 and a trailer house we understand what it means to be enough, and the shame of not being able to invite everyone to your birthday party.
Parents they are kids, let them stay that way as long as they can, they don’t always need our “help”.