Friday, 11 November 2011
You WILL play with her!
My little boy, who is 2, has a "friend" - one I don't like very much.
"Look mum, I 'dwop' kick like Tom"
"Mum I want a bike like Tom"
They run away from my son. Call him names. Or just totally ignore him. The other day he came to me, dropped his head, curled his little lip and said "Tom no want play with me" and started sobbing. It broke my heart.
And then, Charlotte's friend, Lily, arrived.
Charlotte and my son didn't want to play with Lily and after a few attempts to engage them, she ran to her mum crying.
And my little boy had made her sad.
And they had a great time.
And I really feel that I did the right thing by encouraging - ok in a sense, not giving him a choice but - to play with Lily.
It did him no harm.
It taught him about considering others' feelings.
And it made a little girl happy.
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