Parenting Personal Yurisms

A Bullying Problem & Bikes Without Training Wheels

Hi! I’m hoping you enjoyed your holiday last weekend. Job certainly enjoyed his well-deserved break with his work buddies in Riyadh. They went road-tripping for 2 days, going from Riyadh to Dammam. On the other hand, I didn’t take a holiday (our team’s own prerogative) because we just took 2-3 holidays for the past two weeks. Not that it’s forbidden; it just felt uncomfortable to have to ask for another holiday again.

I’m already done with work so I proceeded to my current favorite place — right in front of our house! It’s a great place to chill (and people-watch) and it’s also a great place to blog because fresh air and all that stuff. Sometimes, our adopted cat chills out with me. It’s a bonus that I can see my son play with our neighbors.

My current favorite chill spot 🌸

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Speaking of neighbors. We’re having a little bit of a problem lately. Yuri plays with the neighborhood kids a lot but two of them, the ones he plays with often, are going through their snobby phase. I’m not sure if it is considered bullying because they often play together; however, there are times when they refuse to play with Yuri. For no reason! I’m aware that there’s no reason because we literally just step out of the car and they’re already crossing their arms, looking mad and we don’t know why…

Sometimes, when they know I’m looking, they play with Yuri. And when they think I’m not watching, they exclude Yuri from their games or refuse to let him into the house. Again, for no apparent reason! And these are 5-year olds! Is this a common thing now? I’m asking because I only encountered snobbishness and bullying when I was already in elementary school lol! I don’t want to put racism into the story, but these kids are both half-European while Yuri is pure Filipino. I sure hope that’s not a factor… I’m just glad Yuri is not holding a grudge against them because, after all, these are 5-year old children.

A quick trip to the neighborhood Jollibee 😁

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But I’m not super bothered. My consuelo is that Yuri seems to be well-liked at school and is good friends with all his classmates. As long as he’s kind and friendly, I’m sure he’d never run out of friends!

If there’s one thing I’m thankful, though, it’s how these two kids (the same kids I talked about in the last paragraph!) taught Yuri how to ride a bicycle without training wheels.

Look, ma, no training wheels! 🚲

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Yuri has been biking since he was 2 years old but always with training wheels. He kept bugging me to teach him how to ride it without the balance wheels since he thinks he’s already big enough, but I didn’t… because I don’t know how to ride a bike! Now you understand why this is a big deal to me hehe. I was actually hoping he’d wait for Job to come home and teach him, but he couldn’t wait, which is also fine with me!

I’m amazed because Yuri does things now that I myself don’t know how to do. Aside from riding a bike, he also knows how to snap his fingers. Yes I don’t know how to snap my fingers! I’m lame haha. Next summer, when he learns how to swim, that would be yet another thing Yuri does that his mother can’t. Poor me! 😀

How are you and your kids doing? 🙂

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  • Reply Berlin | Momi Berlin September 6, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Some kids can be re rude. But at least your little Yuri got to learn how to use the bicycle without those two small wheels behind. Nice to know as well that your little man is enjoying school with his classmates. Only shows he is one friendly and pleasing person to be with.

  • Reply Michi September 6, 2017 at 9:41 am

    I think bullying na yan pag outcast. Congrats to you, your son knows how to bike na. My son is already 8 yrs old and he doesn’t like to use his bike without training wheels. Waah! I always convince him to let go of the training wheels.

  • Reply Mommy Rockin' In Style September 7, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    My son also gained friends at school. Though I’m not so sure kasi he’s only 2.5 years old haha but his classmates welcome him kapag papasok siya ng classroom. Tapos ieembrace siya or kiss kahit yung mga boys hehehe. Nakakatuwa lang pagmasdan.

    • Reply Maan September 7, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Ganyang ganyan din sila Yuri sa school! Nakakatuwa. I believe most kids are friendly, kaya nga takang-taka ako sa 2 neighbor kids bakit may ganung attitude na at 5 years old.

  • Reply May September 7, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    No it isn’t common among boys, but it’s common among girls. My eldest was well-liked, his younger brothers aren’t as favored though. When my eldest was 5, we had a neighbor who loved playing with him, but was excluding my middle child, pushing him and sometimes, hurting him and grabbing his toys. So what I did was, I told them both to go inside. My kids are a package deal, I said, haha! He had to learn to be nice to ALL of my kids in order to play with anyone of them.

  • Reply Nilyn Matugas September 8, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Nate loves his bike and he always tells me “paglaki ko malaki na din ang bike ko”, referring to those without training wheels so I am excited for him. 🙂 Re: Job, I’m glad he was able to have vacation, Dane and his workmates went to Damman also atong Ramadan. And sorry about Yuri, I agree with Berlin, some kids can be very rude. One time when Nate was playing sa playhouse, inaaway din sya ng mga 7 or 8 yrs old boy yata.

  • Reply Angel Caronongan-Enero September 18, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Wow congrats your son know how to bike na. My 2 year old daughter loves biking too siyempre with training wheels parin. On the bullying part, iba-iba talaga ugali ng mga bata. Ako honest pag nasa indoor playground anak ko and someone rudely get the things my daughter’s toys, tumataas na kilay ko. It’s a normal thing, nanay tayo eh. Well, atleast, your son is friendly and surely he’ll never run of friends 🙂

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