1. readingisdelicious · January 4, 2012

    Kids can be very cruel. It’s sad. I know I was a Whoofles-victim, and I’m fairly positive somewhere along the line I was a Whoofles. Z will find her group of much awesomer friends eventually.

    Stupid Whoofles.

    Now The Whoofle I don’t know what to do about that. I don’t think I had a specific imaginary monster; just a vague fear of what COULD be hiding in the closet.

    • Beth Hull · January 4, 2012

      I didn’t have a specific monster, either, although I remember being afraid of a nightmare named Helen or Holly or something for awhile. But usually it was just the fear of whatever that had me cowering under blankets.

      Now I’m afraid of mean four-year-olds.

  2. thegracefuldoe · January 4, 2012

    It’s quite likely the very next day they had no problem with playing with her. Kids can be fickle, especially at that age. One day they’ll be best friends, the next they have a new best friend. They’re not purposefully being cruel, they are just still learning about all that social stuff (well the majority aren’t intentionally cruel, there are the occasional exceptions). It’s hard as a mum to see your child not included and to see their disappointment (believe me, I’ve had the same anxiety with my son this past year), we can only teach them to be accepting of others when the shoe is on the other foot. I think all children around that age have uttered the words ‘I don’t want to play with you’ or ‘I won’t be your friend’. Their concepts of friendship are still developing and are not the same as ours. Trust that her teacher will step in and ensure she is involved with the other children if she is upset about being excluded. Preschool is a great learning environment for social interaction.

    • Beth Hull · January 4, 2012

      Yes, I agree! I know it’s all changing, and they’re ALL learning (even the accused Whoofles). And yes, it is so hard to watch it. Thankfully the teachers are great, so if I ever get really worried about it, I can talk to them, but I trust they’ll step in if they see anything they think they should interfere with.

  3. PB Rippey · January 4, 2012

    Oh, gosh–so hard to witness. I’ve seen some of the same and I know there’s more to come, which kind of makes me want to tear my hair out, but instead I reach for the parenting books to ease the angst and anger of my inner-Whoofle. Whoofles would comprise a great picture book, BTW…

    • PB Rippey · January 4, 2012

      Hm. Not sure I meant “comprise”. Clearly it’s naptime.

      • Beth Hull · January 4, 2012

        PB, you’re the second person to tell me the Whoofle would make a good picture book. Hmm. As long as I can illustrate it with the Paint program, I’m happy to do one. 🙂

  4. Maggie · January 4, 2012

    I remember when I was a victim of the Whoofles…. and because of that, I was never a Whoofles myself.

    • Beth Hull · January 4, 2012

      I don’t remember being a Whoofles, because I was always really sensitive to feelings (mine, as well as other peoples’, animals’, and those of personified inanimate objects – i.e. stuffed animals & dolls). But there might have been a time when I was accidentally a Whoofles. I tried not to be, though.

  5. Randi · January 4, 2012

    I feel wisdomless…just filled with an overwhelming sense of wanting to come down and hug my sweet Z. Lord, protect her, and all children, from the Whoofles, both real and imagined.

    • Beth Hull · January 4, 2012

      I feel wisdomless, too. And helpless. Because I can’t go rushing in and banish the imagined Whoofle, and I can’t give the Whoofles a piece of my mind, either.

  6. Trina · January 15, 2012

    Jerky Whoofles. I know a guy…

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