Didn't know there was a "wrong crowd" in first grade. How can I help my son make better choices in friends?
My 7 year old son has been a good and empathetic boy for most of his life. For instance, when he was 2, he walked over to a complete stranger - a mother with a severely handicapped son - and just hugged the handicapped boy for a few minutes. We moved to a new state 3 years ago, and he started Kindergarten last year. For some reason, he tends to gravitate towards the troubled boys, and the bullies (some of these boys' parents are going through divorces, foreclosures, etc.). I thought is was still OK, as we've guided him to make better choices and not take part in bullying, even if his friends do, and to be honest at all times - even if he's afraid he'll get in trouble - he'll get in more trouble for lying. Until now, most teachers stated that he was not the "ring leader", and that he only seemed to follow what the other boys were doing. This morning, however, he pushed another boy off the jungle gym, "because he wasn't moving fast enough after the bell rang", and then proceeded to lie about it to the Principal. The boy is OK, with some definite bumps and bruises though. I am worried that my son is starting to become a bully himself and am at my wits end for how to curb this behavior. As a side note, he is an only child, is very responsible at home and offers to help with dishes, vacuuming, and takes care of all the pets in the house. I am not his biological mother, as she passed away when he was 6 months old, but he knows no other mom. Please help!
Discipline and behavior challenges
> 60 days ago
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