Kids can be such little assholes.
But, lately, he's been pushing back when we try to get him to read to us. If it wasn't something directly assigned to him by his teacher as homework, he's done everything to get out of doing it for us. He strongly prefers we read to him.
Tonight, Katie asked him why. He told her that a kid at his afterschool care program at his school was teasing him as he sat there reading one day, telling him that the book he was reading was "for babies." Of course the kid is a fifth grader while Nathan was only a first grader. So Nathan is a really easy target. But, since when doesn't bullying rely on taking advantage of "easy targets"?
Katie took some time talking to him and convincing him that the books he reads are not "baby books" and are perfect for his grade in school. I chimed in a bit as well. We think he's feeling better about it and he followed it up by reading half a chapter of a book that Katie and I are reading to him.
At the very least, he's had a couple months away from the afterschool program with a few more forthcoming because of summer break. And who knows what the heck will happen with the fall semester. So we can work with him on reading and comprehension so he can be that much more confident. Translation: Not give a flying fuck about the kid who was teasing him.
The other bonus is that the kid teasing him will soon be a small fish in the middle school lake.
Just remember something, kid, karma's a bitch.