How to handle kids bullying your kid?
My son recently aged out of the infant program of his daycare. At 1.5 years of age, he recently started at a new daycare’s toddler program. He’s the youngest of this class by one month, but he’s much younger developmentally. The other toddlers can walk, run, jump, speak a few words or sentences, count, feed themselves with spoons - mine cannot. He’s also the smallest physically. Something I’ve noticed here that didn’t happen in my son’s old program is that the toddlers grab toys out of each other’s hands regularly without asking. The kind that usually leads to physical fights and screaming over the toys. Occasionally injury. I’ve witnessed it happen to my son several times, and he was unable to fend for himself or get help from a teacher. My son’s new teachers allow it, saying this behavior of grabbing and fighting is normal, and that it’s part of every child’s process of learning about boundaries, sharing, etc. Is this ok? Or have the teachers normalized the behavior to avoid having to do something about it? And while it may be in the children’s interest to let them learn through taking without permission, how is it in the interest of children like my son to let people treat him this way? My son, who is the smallest, can’t fight back, can’t tell teachers what happened to him, or even run after the person who stole his toy? My son, who came into the program already good at sharing toys, and is at a loss in this hard new “mine mine mine” environment? What’s the best way to handle this?