Sarah - posted on 02/07/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )
We just moved to a new town 2 1/2 months ago and my boys, age 6 and 10 seem to have quickly fit in and are enjoying playing every day with the other kids in the small neighborhood (we are in a cul-de-sac and there are 2 streets.) My 6 year old, however, seemed to really miss his old friends, and also very sadly suffered the the terrible death and loss of his best friend in our old town right after we moved. But we were really glad to see that he quickly made friends with another 6 year old in our new neighborhood and they started playing almost every day. About a month ago though, little problems seemed to pop up. Like one day he came home crying that he accidentally hurt his new friend while they were playing tag, and his new friend said some very unkind things to him (he's the dumbest kid ever to do something like that and he doesn't want to be friends...) But they went back to playing. Then soon after that they were sitting on the bus to school and this new friend got mad because my son bumped him with his backpack and poked his eye, so he told him he hates him and they aren't friends anymore, and my son said he turned and looked out the window so he wouldn't see him crying and he punched him in the back of the head! The next day he thankfully apologized, so I never brought this or the other things which include other unkind comments to his mom...who seems to be a nice woman although reserved....they seem to be a very nice family, with lots of friends in the neighborhood. Which complicates the politics of all this, since we are new and don't want to start out on the wrong foot so to speak. I also understand my son can be really rough and tumble, and isn't perfect himself, so I've tried to let them just work stuff out, although my son would never intentionally hit or hurt a friend. Anyway, the last week he's been coming home upset that his friend tells him on the bus all the time that he isn't invited to his birthday party. I guess I didn't really believe it, since they play at my or their house so often. The morning of his birthday, my son went to his house (as he often does on Saturday mornings) and had asked me to get him a tub or army guys, so we wrapped that up and he went over and was there all day playing and for the family party along with their other close friend, a 5 year old who always plays with them too. So the big problem started yesterday. He comes off the bus in tears, this friend had his bathing suit in his backpack and was heading out after school to his waterpark party, where he said his friends from school were going and the other 5 year old buddy was going too. My son isn't invited "because he wrestles and might hurt him in the water." I feel so insulted and angry that this mom could be so incredibly unkind as to exclude my son form his party. Whenever I pick him up from their house I ask if they've played nice, she always says yes. My son is crushed. So, do I approach her, obviously there is an issue between the kids, should I ask if my son is not playing nice or what the problem is? Should I even bring up the party? Their other "best friend" from across the steet from our house went! I would never do such a thing...