This year our 5 year old went to preschool and learned that there were kids that would be his friend. Kids his age that could overlook his meltdowns, temper when overstimulated, the unkind words he spoke when he didn’t have time to adjust to a transition in activities. This friend made the world of difference to my son. Many children and adults think he is just spoiled, can’t mind and is naughty. The truth is he can’t handle noise, change and the unpredictable. He is stuck in his train of thought and how things should go. The best thing his little friend did was to stick beside him and not take it personal. How at 5 years old did this little boy know how to do this, I think it was the openness of his parents and the love that they show everyone. This little guy would make a point to always say “hi” to my son and play with him. He made the transition to preschool a positive experience. He will always be remembered by my son and was the only one he wanted a picture with the last day of school. I will be forever grateful to parents who raise their children to be accepting of everyone, whether they are like you or not. Everyone needs honest to goodness friends.