I’m going to have to do something, and I need advice. Cameron’s having more troubles at daycare.
Cameron just spent the last hour sobbing, clinging to me, because “Ethan wasn’t nice today.” When I got him calmed down, I gave him the only advice I could think of. “Just walk away from him, Cameron. Tell him you won’t play with him until he plays nicely.” This just brought on more tears, “Lori said to go somewhere else. Ethan came too!”
I know from experience that Lori won’t react well to any discussion about her son picking on mine. It won’t be a productive discussion. And I have no other choice right now for daycare, short of hiring a nanny.
Now, this could be partially because of being tired. It could be that he’s doing everything in his power to stay awake (wide wide awake and it’s 10:30). It could’ve just been a reaction to me confirming that yes, he has to go to daycare tomorrow. But when I picked him up today after work he burst into tears and burrowed into me, shoving his hand down my shirt front – a sure sign that he’s really upset.
I can’t take him out of that daycare. I can’t think of anything I could say to Lori. I don’t know how to teach Cameron to deal with Ethan now, or the Ethans he’ll run into in the future. Hell, I don’t even know if Ethan is really a big problem of if Cameron’s just learned that this gets Mommy’s attention. No … while I do think that’s a part of it, there is something going on.
Is this how it starts? Cameron encounters his first bully, his Mommy reacts the best way she knows how but it’s inadequate, and this sets him up for years of being a target for bullies? (yes, I know I’m over reacting, but it’s what’s on my mind)