When my dear son was very young, maybe 5 years old, he went bouncing on the jumping pillow at a Caravan Park, on a holiday. He wanted to bounce all the time I remember him wanting to watch prerecorded Bear Grylls videos over and over again as if they were instructional video’s on skills needed to face the day.
I remember him playing on the jumping pillow at the caravan park holiday and he found some boys to hang around with. (My son naively thought were “his (said) friends”) These neuro-typical boys clearly found him an annoying tag along and made fun of him. This made me angry. My son did not recognize any unkindness in these boys, he wanted me to go away. I cautioned my son. I wanted to protect him but also realizing that he had to find his own way in navigating this social interaction. The kids were mean to him. They made fun of him and took advantage of my son’s naivety. My son was so young and couldn’t understand that they weren’t being kind and playful. He could not understand that they were not looking after him. Navigating social interaction and holidays