I noticed that my older boys both went through a difficult stretch in 2nd grade where they claimed they had no friends.
From the outside looking in, it was obvious that they were exaggerating a bit.
But even with problem amplification, it tugs at a mother’s heart to hear those voiced concerns.
Ryan went on to third grade and the problem immediately improved. I don’t know if it was a stage or the class, but on the first day of school he came home reporting at least 4 friends.
Reid is in the last month of second grade and laments the lack of classroom best friends. It is funny with Reid because he is very social in most situations. He easily falls into play with other kids at the park. When I pass the playground at school during recess, he always seems to be running or jumping or climbing.
He does have two best friends, but they both are in first grade and the recess time doesn’t seem to overlap.
Do you play at recess with other kids?
Aren’t those kids your friends?
Well, I really only play with one other person.
So, you DO have a friend in second grade!
Why isn’t he a friend?
It isn’t a friend. It is a girl.
I chase her around a bunch. She likes to be a dragon.
And what are you?
I am the dragon hunter.