I took my son to the playground this past weekend. It was cool outside, a big change from the 100+ degree weather we’ve had lately. There were many other parents and children at the playground too, taking advantage of the nice weather.
My son is very friendly and will often walk up to other children his age, smiling and laughing. If he really likes them, he’ll talk in his babble language to them.
My son loves to swing, so we started off with that first. After the swing, we moved over to the other playground equipment with a slide and tunnel.
My son enjoys sitting in the tunnel and looking out the peep holes as I play peekaboo with him.
There were several children on the slide and playground area. My son climbed up the steps and ran to the tunnel. I wasn’t too far behind him.
He got to the tunnel and a little boy was sitting in there. My son smiled and grinned at him. Then he sat in the tunnel with him. The little boy looked at my son and said, “NO!!!”
My son cried. His feelings were hurt that the little boy didn’t want him to sit in the tunnel or play with him.
As a mom, it hurts your feelings when someone is mean to your child. Now of course, this little boy had no real intentions of hurting my son’s feelings, but it made me think about some things.
I have to teach my son that sometimes, people do things that are not nice. When that happens, we shouldn’t return evil for evil or lash back out at them. We should still show them the love of God and be nice to them.
My son eventually forgot about it and went back to playing with the other kids. Which leads me to lesson #2: Don’t hold grudges, learn to forgive. Easier said than done sometimes, but this is all part of what Jesus would have us do.
How do you deal with situations like this when your child’s feelings are hurt?