Kids, who are bigger than their similar aged peers, get a bum rap.
Kids who are “big” are considered to be older and more restrained than little kids. They cannot return a smaller kid’s push without risking the “bully” label but, somehow, are expected to be more mature.
Big kids are expected to be smarter because they “appear” older and ,because of this, can be measured at a glance, as dumber. A rock and a hard place that is!
Big kids who cry, seem more babyish than little ones. C’mon now, we all know they do.
The prejudices are not exclusive to size either. Parents are eager to accept that their slightly younger child is as knowledgeable as an older one but just won’t budge when it comes to considering that their older child may be as immature as one slightly younger.
The key words in many descriptions are too often overlooked. The key word in the term “big kid” is kid.
With all this in mind, isn’t the key word in “gun violence”, violence?
Food for thought…watch for key words in every label. They’re there, the problem arises when we don’t recognize them.