Zowiie Williams, mother of six-year-old school boy Callum, wasn’t happy when she learned her son has been disrespectful to a girl in his class. But rather than punishing him, Williams saw a learning opportunity for her son — who is now melting hearts all over the Internet.
Earlier this month, Callum broke up with his “girlfriend” at the instruction of one of his friends. When he did, he used inappropriate language towards the little girl, Williams told Metro.
“When your son hurts a girl’s feelings, it’s our job as parents to make him understand how saying things out of anger [and] upset can make other feel,” Williams wrote on Facebook.
“Yesterday I was very disappointed to find out he had upset his special little lady due to another boy mate telling him what he should say [and] do. So much so that I felt the need to have quite a good talk with him.”
According to his mother, Callum was feeling remorseful and told her what had happened. After learning the girl had left school upset that day, Williams sat down with Callum to counsel him.
And that’s when they decided to apologize.
“Today he is marching into school with flowers and an apology because I feel that we need to teach boys the importance of how they should react to certain situations,” Williams said.
“Callum now understands that what other people think or say should not sway him into acting like he doesn’t care about other people’s feelings.”
Williams told Metro that the flowers were Callum’s idea.
“I also explained that buying flowers won’t automatically fix the problem and made sure that he understood he couldn’t be mean and expect anything materialistic to fix what he says, and that it is never okay to be mean to anyone especially a girl,” she said. “It’s something I feel very strongly about.”
Williams’s lesson struck a chord with other parents on social media.
“There’s a wee boy being raised right, and who will grow to be a respectful member of society,” Lauren Taylor wrote on Facebook. “This is awesome!”
“This is beautiful,” Stacy Foley said. “I love that you’re not the type of parent who thinks their child is always a little angel and made him aware when he has done something wrong.”
Barely out of kindergarten, we think Callum has done a excellent job at displaying very important lesson learned.