Beaver, Possum and their cousin Kelpie were playing bowling on the Wii.
Kelpie kept loudly checking the scores after each bowl, making sure he was winning. Possum didn't look to happy, but played on. And Beaver got quieter and quieter.
About half an hour later he came to me, looking sad and dejected.
- Mamma, I am a bad person
- No you are not! Why do you say that darling?
- Because Kelpie kept winning on the Wii, and Possum was always second, and I was always loosing. That made me jealous. And being jealous is bad. Being jealous makes me a bad person.
I told Beaver that being jealous sometimes is ok. We all feel jealous sometimes. It's not bad. It's only bad if you let it take over, if you let it rule your life and make you unhappy. It's ok to be jealous if you can understand that you are jealous, and then let it go. I told him that he should play the will to have fun, and if he wins, that's nice. If you only ever want to win, you can only ever have fun when you win. And I assured him over and over again that feeling jealous is normal, and does not make him a bad person.
Sensitive little soul eh?