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How to teach own child to deal emotional issues of another child

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Hello All Moms, I am in need of advice or maybe some reassurance. My son is 10. Currently he is in the summer camp with another boy. My son has known the boy for past 5 years; they have been in scouts together. This year for the first time they are in the summer camp together. Past few days my son has been coming home sad, and at night he can’t sleep. This is a very unusual behavior for him. He is a good, happy, very stable and predictable child. My son finally this morning was able to open up to me, and he said that his friend’s moods change very quickly. His friend pretends to cry and then he starts laughing, or he puts his head between his legs when sitting, and he just sad. My son tries to ask him if he is ok, and if he can help, and the boy either laughs or tells him he is ok, and continues to be sad. Since, I was not able to get more scenarios to really judge this situation, and I know my son cares for him a lot. So far I told my son to ask the boy if he is ok, and tell his friend to take a few minute break, and have my son join the rest of the group, and give his friend space. I know I am a hot head, and if I speak to the camp staff today, I might not be able to express myself right way. I was planning to ask the staff to maybe observe the situation with my son’s friend, and maybe encourage them to join the group or maybe have a counselor speak to either both boys or my son as the situation happens. To add to this mix I know the mom of the other boy, and I really adore her. Could you please give me some ideas what to tell my son, or how to speak to the camp staff. Thank you.

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I would talk to the other boy's mother first. Tell her exactly what your son told you and tell her that you are concerned about her son's behavior because of how it is affecting your son. If her son doesn't display this kind of behavior at home she may not know this is going on, but if he does she may be able to give you an explanation. Either way, she is the first person you need to talk to, not the camp staff.

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