When Zak (currently 10 years) was very young, maybe 3 years old, went bouncing on the jumping pillow at Port Elliot 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.
When Zak was 5 years old I remember him playing on the jumping pillow at the caravan park holiday and he found some boys to hang around with who Zak thought were his friends even though they clearly found him an annoying tag along and made fun of him. This made me angry. Zak did not recognize the unkindness in these boys and he wanted me to go away. I cautioned Zak, wanting to protect him but also realizing that he has to find his own way in navigating this social interaction. These were mean to him. They made fun of him and took advantage of Zak’s naivety and he couldn’t understand that they weren’t being friends. HE could not understand that they were not looking after him. Zak used to jump on the jumping pillow. I remember when he was 5 years old and started school. (Post in progress)