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The Pressure is Getting To Me

my BIG little boy

Shaun is the youngest boy out of all his friends. I think because of his size his friends forget this and he feels pressured to do the things they do.  He’s always asking to do things I think he’s just too young to do. The other day he comes running in the house begging me to let him walk to the store with 2 of the boys in the neighborhood. He’s walked there before with Sabreena so it’s not about him not knowing where to go its more like the way and with who that’s the biggest problem.

The other 2 boys are about 10 years old, Shaun is 7. The one boy is not my favorite kid, he’s a bit of a bully and definitely a smart ass. The other kid is great, he’s polite, sweet and just goes with the flow like Shaun. The store itself isn’t far at all, maybe a 3 minute walk but the way to get there is on a 2 lane road with no sidewalk.

Again, he’s walked it before and knows to walk on the grass and watch for cars but I’m scared he’s gonna make that one wrong step or get a little to close to the road or goof off just a bit too much or be in the wrong spot at the wrong time. He begged and begged and said “My friends want to go buy a snack”, “Can’t I just walk with them”, “Why can’t I ever go” so I broke down. I told him fine but come back home as soon as your done so I know your safe.

He didn’t. I happened to be looking out of the window and saw them come back into the neighborhood and he didn’t come home first. I was mad but relived he was fine.

I don’t know how much more I can let him do. That was about my limit. He’s 7, he’s still little, at least to me.