I had the opportunity to watch my sweet niece, Morgan, last week, while my sister ran some errands. Morgan is 2.5 months younger than my daughter, Kayleigh, who is 10 months old.
We have gotten the kids together a handful of times before, but they were both really too young to have much interaction with each other. They are finally getting to the age now where we can sit them down and let them play together.
I stay home with Kayleigh, so she has not had a lot of exposure to other babies or children, and I’m getting a little worried about that. When I sat her down next to Morgan, all she wanted to do was pull her hair, poke her in the eye, squeeze her hand really hard or steal her toys. I felt like the world’s worst Mom. There was my 10 month old daughter, already bullying her younger cousin. Where did she learn this behavior??
I asked her to stop, and pushed her hand away from Morgan several times, but she kept doing it.
Every time I tried to take a picture of them together, she would do something to bother her.
Not only was she bullying her, but she showed signs of jealousy, when I spent alone time with Morgan (feeding her, changing her diaper, etc.).
Is she doing this to be mean? Is she doing this because seeing another baby is new to her, and she is just curious? I don’t know, but I have vowed to get these kids together more often, so that Kayleigh will learn how to interact with other children, learn how to share toys, and play well together. Hopefully some day they will become the best of friends.
Has your child ever bullied another child? How did you deal with it?