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My 3 year old son is constantly
getting pushed, hit, and even bitten by other more aggressive toddlers. I hate
that he seems to be the target for many overly aggressive and socially immature
preschoolers. How can I teach him to stand up for himself so he doesn’t get
picked on his whole life?
Gosh, that's a big worry of mine. My little boy is very sweet and kind and doesn't like to be aggressive towards other kids. I suppose I might tell him that he needs to go to a teacher immediately for this kind of behavior from other kids. If the teacher deals with it, he could get some relief, at this age anyway. I would keep reinforcing to him that no one ever deserves to be hit or kicked or bitten and work hard to instill good confidence in him. Another thought is to invite other little boys that are nice to him over for play dates so that he gets a good little group of buddies going who he can stick with when the other boys are being mean to him. Just some thoughts but from someone without the experience to back it up...hopefully someone who has been there will be able to join in!
I agree with the fact that there needs to be a zero tolerance policy on the part of his caregivers, especially when it comes to biting. Consistent biting is usually a grounds for expulsion from many child care facilities.
Problem is that he is not in daycare...he is with me! He is small for his age and when we are at parks or at playgrounds, other kids will just bully him. I usually run over and intervene and scoop him up, but I hate that he has to go through that. I want to teach him how to stick up for himself because I won't always be around to protect him!