I read this article today about a kid who stood up to his dad on behalf of his younger brother, who wasn’t being manly enough for his dad’s taste. So awesome. Color me impressed.
I wonder if I was that kind of kid. I don’t remember being particularly heroic, but I do recall not putting up with bullies. I remember hearing (and saying), “What’s your problem?!” The whole situation usually dissolved before any physical contact ensued.
The point is, it’s tough for kids to stand up to others, especially adults, because they don’t know where they stand on most stuff, and they assume adults are right until told otherwise.