My children love to come to me telling me so and so (often a sibling) is being mean. I try to get them to explain what actually happened and I have tried to take mean out of their vocabulary because it does not seem to me that they are using the word properly.
In today's world of bullying (at least in the literature) and concentration on being kind what does "mean" really mean? When is someone actually being "mean"? How do we teach our children what "mean" means so that it means something when they say it?