Yesterday was not a great day. Wasn’t terrible, just not great. I picked B up from preschool and was handed his projects and stuff to take home for the week. Among the items was his thankful list—> that’s it over there.
No, I’m not upset that the dogs outrank me.
I was upset that Kevin didn’t make the list. So while we were driving home, we talked about it. And he said, “But I’m not fankful for him.”
And I said, “Yes, you are. We all love KevKev.”
And then he replied, “But I’m only fankful for nice things.”
Gulp. Jeez kid. I asked him another question and he didn’t respond, so then I said “Don’t you want to talk about it?” and he replied “No, I don’t want to talk about it anymore.”
Ok, maybe I am bad-mom for putting pressure on a 3-year-old. But I want him to like his brother, and even though my friends are trying to assure me that this is typical 3-year-old behavior, they’re not with us all the time. The feeling I get is that he doesn’t really care for his brother right now. They never interact unless it’s pretty much forced. I know it’s a phase and he’ll grow out of it. But right now it stinks.
This too shall pass. In the meantime, I’m perusing Amazon for books for us to read together. Despite being 3, he can tell you that Kevin is different and that Kevin needs special help sometimes. So I think it’s time to address it with him, I wish he was old enough for the sibling wraparound services. And look at this book, how can I not order it?
If you have one child with autism or IDD, how did you address it with the siblings? How do you feel about their relationship right now? What are you doing?