Waahh no, I will cry. I'm a super sensitive flower today.
i have a childcare swapping arrangement with a friend: she watches my kids for a few hours every week, i watch her kid for a few hours every week. I feel pretty lucky in this for a few reasons, one because she's a nice person whom my kids like (even my toddler, who waves happily at me as i leave him there), and also because she's okay with swapping my three kids for her one. So understand, i feel grateful for the arrangement (it allows me to attend classes without putting my kids in a daycare setting during the summer).
Yesterday was her day to watch my kids and she asked me to pack them lunches. Well, i packed one juice box for every one of my kids (so three juice boxes). Her 5 year old apparently protested loudly at the fact that i didn't pack one for him, and so she wouldn't let my kids have their juice boxes (these are a very rare treat in our house). she calmly explained to me when i picked them up, how her son felt really excluded because all the other kids had juice boxes.
I guess i understand that it's tough to be the odd man out, but my kids have to deal with that pretty frequently, even on their own without their siblings sharing their exclusion. my firstborn had to deal with it really frequently from toddlerhood until his sister was old enough to share the exclusion (so at least until he was 3-4) and he has to deal with it at school every day when i pack him primal-friendly foods and "only" one treat while all his friends are eating junk food and "3 or 4" treats. so i guess i assumed "other people have stuff and we don't always get it too" was a pretty universal thing. but here i am feeling sort of guilty that i didn't pack one for him. i know, really petty.
my primal journal:
saoirse..that it tough because your position was reasonable. Was there any expectation of universal catering?
Mommy politics sounds like a whole new raw ballgame, esp when you need convenient arrangements to function. How did you respond?
Wait, hang on. What is wrong with that woman? She probably has no idea that she's creating the kind of person that makes those of us that had siblings cringe when someone says they're an only child. What a precious little snowflake he must be. Yeesh. While it's not your job to make him deal with the fact that sometimes he has to do "without" it's also very much not your responsibility to give him a blinkin' juice box, either. Just sayin'.