Hi my 6 year old ds is so sensitive I don't know what to do about it. He gets very excited about seeing people, friends & family but then becomes very emotional when it's time to leave or they leave. On Sunday we went to visit my mum's new puppy and he loved it but then cried all the way home in the car as he didn't want to leave her. Today we had two friends and their mum's round and he just didn't enjoy it at all. They were arguing, telling tales and he just ended up in tears several times! The other boys didn't cry once and it was all a bit awkward. I didn't know whether to tell him off or console him. As soon as they's gone he was fine as if nothing had happened!
My dh said he takes after me as I am quite sensitive and emotional but I don't know how to handle it in him and am worried it will affect him having friends.
Presumably he goes to school, so how does he cope there? Does he manage with lessons, activities, PE; having to share, take turns, playtime, lunch time, etc?
I suppose the easiest quick solution would be to AVOID, as much as possible, situations that you know will cause him stress.
Does he have siblings, and if so how is he with them?
'Telling off' obviously isn't going to help him. I was a primary TA for twenty years, and some children just have worries or behaviours that seem to defy any adult logic, so make him feel as loved and needed as possible (which I'm sure you do!) and maybe with careful handling you can wean him away from these issues.
Thanks for replying. He is a very sociable little boy and likes school. I just wonder if he is a bit behind emotionally some if his peers but maybe in time he'll catch up. I was fed up earlier as it was such a stressful playdate but I've just been and sat on his bed and talked to him as I didn't want him to go to bed upset. He said in future he'd prefer just one child for a playdate, today we had two and their little brothers and I think he felt overwhelmed. He had got a sister who's 2 and they are also starting to annoy each other having played sweetly up until now!