posted by Brenna on .
Carlos is playing in the sandbox. Thomas approches the sandbox, observes Carlos for a moment, then knocks over the bucket Carlos has just filled with sand. Carlos pushes Thomas away saying, " Get out of here." Thomas begins to cry.
What's the first thing a sensitive caregiver would do?
A. Scold Carlos for pushing Thomas
B.Scold Thomas for knocking over the bucket
C.Ask the boys to talk about what has happened
D.Tell Carlos to let Thomas play.
I chose C.
Yep. C is the only possible answer.
Although this scenario features preschoolers, it reminds me of an incident with my son Bob when he was 9 or 10 years old.
A new family had moved into the neighborhood. He proudly walked into our house with one of the sons.
"Hi Mom," he said. "This is Larry. We had a fight. We're friends."
Neither boy was ever known as a fighter -- but I assumed it was one way young boys have of making friends. <g>
Thanks for your help and I think that was a one way of making friends.