Yesterday, Nathan was due to have a playdate with one of his friends. It's a regular thing on Mondays after school, rotated between our house and theirs. Yesterday, was theirs.
He seemed excited and then halfway there, he began throwing a tantrum that he couldn't go on a playdate without a scarf. (What? Yes, without a scarf.)
I couldn't get through to him and eventually I had to call it off.
I've been feeling very nervous and uncomfortable about it since it happened. I worry that incidents like this are going to cost Nathan his opportunity for friendships. Sadly, this isn't an isolated case, he does it fairly regularly.
Nathan would probably be happy spending all his time on Xbox for now but I don't want him to suddenly realize this is high school and he's isolated and alone. I also wonder if I'm overreacting. Certainly I had the "don't ever show that you're upset or ask for things or else people aren't going to want to spend time with you" message drilled into me at a young age.
Either way, it's cost me a long night of tossing and turning and I still don't have any idea how to handle it.