It was a few weeks ago and I went to pick my lovely Aiden up from preschool. Since it was still pretty early at that time, he was the first kid to be picked up that day. As we were leaving, he said "good-bye" to his teachers and all of his classmates. Except one. Let's just call him... John.
So I said to Aiden, "Umm... you forgot about your friend, John. Please say 'bye' to John too." He replied, "No! I no want to say 'bye' John!" And he has his mean-little-troll look on his face too!
Well, I was not about to get into a power struggle with him while his classmates were on the rug for circle time and his teachers were right there listening to our entire conversation.
So I modeled it for Aiden. I said "good-bye" to the poor child myself! And I even gave him a high-five. That's awesome and a great example for Aiden, right? He's bound to follow my lead, right? Wrong!
I looked at Aiden to see if he'd change his mind and would follow in my footsteps with a "good-bye" or high-five, but he still refused.
Now normally, I wouldn't care too much about this. Kids will be kids... and toddlers will be toddlers. No biggie.
The thing is, a few days later, Aiden did the exact same thing to John when I went to pick him up from preschool. AND that same night when I asked him to name all his friends from his class, he named everyone. EXCEPT JOHN!
Is this an issue that I should address? Does my 2 1/2-year-old sweet boy already have a foe?
Hmm... What's a young mom to do?!