JMan transforms into karate master in our upcoming
“The Mighty League, Vol. 1: The Terrible Taunting”
A journal entry…
You told me that you had a bad day. You and ‘C’ got into a fight. You said that you asked him to stop and he wouldn’t so you karate kicked him in the stomach. The yard duty mom yelled at you and sent you to the office (which broke your heart). I am glad you finally stood up for yourself. Secretly, I wanted to do a lot more to ‘C’ than just give him a karate kick.
At my son’s first school, he was bullied. It came in the form of taunting, teasing, and just generally ignoring his very existence. The playground was particularly troublesome and the boys wouldn’t include him in their activities and they wouldn’t leave him alone to make up his own play. In our upcoming storybook app, Dr. Evil Touch (or Dr. E), is a composite of those playground bullies and JMan stands up for himself as my son really did!
Jonathan didn’t like to be touched, and if you touched him, he had to touch you back. Of course, the boys caught on and would run up, poke him and run away so he couldn’t touch them. To the boys delight, it would work him up into a frenzy. On this particular day, he’d had enough and gave ‘C’ a karate kick. Yes, he got sent to the principal but I tell you what…’C’ NEVER touched him again. And I made Jonathan his favorite dinner that night!
In the end, Jonathan and I worked out a “last touch” compromise. If someone touched him, accidentally or on purpose, he would just touch an object nearby. Gradually, the need just faded away. I recently asked Jonathan if he still had to touch something when he was touched and he said, “huh?” Music to my ears.
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