The other day my sister came to visit and Elijah was trying to give my boy 'hugs' the whole time; my sister didn't seem too concerned and I ended up being the one keeping her son in check most of the time. She had the nerve to tell me that Evan was 'whiny' and that I was overprotecting him because he would cry when he got hurt or didn't like what Elijah was doing and I would *GASP* rescue him and comfort him!! Instead of forcing him to learn to defend himself and 'be a boy' as my sister would have it.
So I'm a little concerned that Evan might pick up on violence from other kids. I am thinking about just cutting off contact with kids I know are aggressive towards him for the first years of his life, maybe longer. I don't know. It tears me up because they are my family and I had hoped particularly that Elijah and Evan would grow up as friends. I don't have any knowledge about this though; I don't know if it really would influence him negatively or if he would not pick up on it at all. Anyone had experience with this?