It was sort of odd. We were waiting for the fireworks and there was an older boy playing and talking with my boys. Then, for some reason, Patrick told the boy that his mom was dead and that some people say she went up into the sky (heaven) but that he believes she will come back as someone else. When the older boy tried to start arguing with Patrick, Patrick got a bit upset. So i called Patrick to me and explained to him (as i have done before) that lots of different people believe different things and that it's okay. Well, at that same time, the older boys parents called him away from us ...and for the rest of the half hour he did not come over to play. Patrick even called the boys name a few times, but the boy ignored him.
I've never had that happen before.
What do you think? Did i take them out of their comfort zone?
For those who dont know, I am Pagan.
You probably were ignored. Most parents, particularly in the conservative area I live, would not have allowed their children to play with yours. It is great for children to be able to express their beliefs and share with others....but we also have to teach them not everyone else will respect or share those same views. Some children and their parents may even not want their children playing with yours. That we do have to teach. As well as teaching our own children tolerance and acceptance for other people's beliefs. It is a two way street. This is a lesson for him and for you. This would be a great time to role play situations and discuss how sometimes not sharing is also okay. Unless he absolutely feels the need to share with someone, it is his business where his mom is and what relationships people have with him. This will happen again more than likely. But with a little practice he can be prepared.
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