Bullies come in all sizes. Sometimes they are merely 2 feet tall and have a few teeth missing.
When a child says, “nobody plays with me” you as a parent would think of tens of reasons in a jiffy. But the one thing we rarely consider is group-ism or bullying at even preschool level.
“We don’t want to play with you!”
Ouch! The feeling of being left out or being pushed-around can be just as painful for kids as in adulthood.
While most parents are aware of school bullying being rampant in late elementary schools, but, believe it or not, bullying among pre-schoolers is more common than you think. We think these kids are too young for the kind of tormenting we associate with bullying. Our youngest and most vulnerable age group, the toddler and preschool crowd are also victim to little-kid bullying.
When Ayaan, brought home his class picture. He pointed from one smiling child to the next, naming them, "that's Rhea, that's Thavish, that's Reyan, that's…a bad boy”. He opened up to his mother slowly, about how his classmate never allowed Ayaan on the trampoline; snatched his cookies during snack-time and occupied his place during circle time.
Gosh! Before an enlightening episode with his school picture, Ayaan refused to go to fellow birthday parties and his parents thought it must be overwhelming and loud. He refused to get in the carpool and we assumed he wanted mommy to drive him to school. Time and time again he gave subtle hints that his adults failed to notice.
Children at such tender age very rarely articulate their precise trouble. It is extremely important that we as adults read between the lines (without jumping to quick conclusions / making hasty decisions) and keenly observe any persistent unusual behavior.
There's no telling what's to come when winter begins. The cold and the chills don’t have to keep your kids home but instead welcomed with a few precautions.
Keep your preschool going children safe, warm, and healthy through the coldest months by following these simple safety tips.
Provide your kids with healthy food to strengthen their immune system. Serve healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and fish. Drinking milk with probiotics can also help build his body’s defences.
Caution from infections
Eliminate the breeding places of disease spreading infectants by keeping the ground clean and dry. Make your house insect proof.
“There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” Dress them warm and protected with woollen jackets, stockings, mufflers. The body’s own heat is the best way to combat the cold outside.
Explain to your toddler to cover his mouth when coughing or sneezing; to use tissues (not their sleeves!) to wipe their noses, and to dispose tissues properly as they are the entry points for flu and cold. Pre-empt viruses and bacteria by frequently washing your hands.