I'm writing w/ an issue that I'm sure we all share to some degree. It really makes me angry when I hear comments from other parents or outsiders about my child and his behavior. He's only 4, and he's a really sweet kid, but socially he has difficulty fitting in. We are getting him help, and he does try hard. But it's so frustrating and discouraging when others stare, make comments or even snicker at our son. He's young, and he doesn't understand fully, and neither do his peers. But it's the adults that surprise me most. Some people seem to never grow up. it's really sad because I want my son to have friends, but it's almost impossible to be social when you feel like ripping someone's head off! How can I best handle these situations, and still expose my son to social settings w/out feeling hurt? This is probably my biggest obstacle in this whole process. Realistically speaking, I know we can't avoid every hurtful situation and become over-protective parents, but I'd like to at least feel there's a middle ground somewhere. Please reply w/ any helpful suggestions you may have. I also welcome any of your stories and hope that I can be of assistance to you as well. Thank you for taking the time to read my entry.
Sincerely, concerned mom