"I Don't Want To Play With Him"

You know, like any parent, I think my child is the greatest thing in all of the land. I couldn't imagine a world without him now. And while there are tantrums, and at times he acts more like a surly teenager than a two year old, he's amazing in my eyes. Which is why I never thought that anyone else would think differently.

Two days ago, in the green area outside our house, Caelen finally found his feet with the local children. Playing monsters and chasing kids, he was in his element. And so was I, the proud mama, standing on the sidelines, smiling as he weaved his way around children much bigger than him. 

Until one little boy came up to me and said "I don't like that boy. I don't want to play with him". I was horrified. I mean, who wouldn't want to play with that sweet boy of mine? Now, I'm in no way maternal when it comes to children that aren't my own, so it took everything in my power not to deliver a swift kick, I was so shocked. It turns out he's not a fan of running, but explaining to a hyper, excited two year old that he shouldn't chase one kid is like talking to a wall.

But it made me think, as these things do. Not everyone gets along. Not only as adults, but as children too. In the last few months, I've come across my own fair share of negativity, so why should children be any different? 

From snide comments in passing, to indirect tweets, it's easy to spot when something is amiss between adults. I just expected children to be more open to others. I can never remember not being liked, or being excluded by others when I was a smallie. I guess things have changed. Or I've blocked out the hardship of people not liking me in my youth. It's bound to have happened, right?

But I can tell you one thing for sure. From now on, I'll know how to paste a smile on my face when someone tells me something I don't want to hear, when it comes to my son. Because as far as I know, kicking them is out of the question. And really, what do you say?


  1. Yeah, unfortunately kicking children is generally frowned upon. But I can understand you alright.

  2. Aw! This is so sad! I dread dealing with this stuff when my lb is older...much respect for restraining the kick, dunno if I could've done the same haha!

  3. That's awful. :( What did you do when the child said that? x