Q: My son has been having some issues at school that we have been working on with his teacher and principal. My husband and I are very private with our son’s struggles, keeping his self esteem and what’s best for him foremost in our priorities. One of the latest ideas for him to try is to use a keyboard at school in place of writing some assignments. This has been wonderful for him, boosting self esteem while getting his work done. I stand with my neighbor at the bus stop every day. Her son is also in my son’s class. She has always been quite the gossip about other people and is nosy. I’m just waiting for the day that she asks me why my son is using a keyboard instead of writing. What response would you recommend? I don’t want to be rude but I want her to know that her question is inappropriate.
A: It is a difficult situation. However, you might say that the principal and the teacher suggested that it would be helpful for your son to use the keyboard in place of writing. If your neighbor persists and asks why, you may simply say it’s a private matter and you prefer (or see no need) to discuss it further.