My son has recently started at a new preschool and seems to be having a bit of a rough time. I don't really know what to make of it.
For example, when I pick ds up from school, I ask him "how was your day?"...he usually responds with "not so good, Johnny stuck his tongue out at me" or "Suzy wouldn't let me help pick up the blocks."
He'll then go on in length about how that made him really mad and upset and that he doesn't have any friends and nobody likes him.
I'm trying to help my son not be so sensitive, but I don't know if I'm going at it the right way. When a kid sticks their tongue at him, I said "just laugh and tell them that that's a funny thing to do...why would you stick your tongue out?" or if someone won't let you help them with something just say, "wow, thanks! now I can go do this instead!" When I tell him these things he'll either laughs about it or cry and yell about it...there's no telling. I'm also trying to teach him that he can just walk away and ignore things. He tends to like to hang around until things escalate.
He's always been a pretty much all around sensitive kid, but I'm worried that his sensitive responses to the smallest of insults will put a target on his back so to speak when around other school kids.
How do you help your 4 yo not take offense to what seems like every little thing?