Thank you every one for assuring me that my child isn't a brat. I guess this is just a normal developmental stage. But, it still drives me crazy.
Yesterday evening, before we went out to play, I reminded Michael about taking turns, sharing, and being gentle. For the most part, he did pretty well. It was beautiful out, so tons of kids were out for him to play with. He was very gentle with two of the younger children. I was very proud of him, and he got a number of comments from parents when he shared. I think that's very helpful. J, who is the same age as Michael, and the sweetest child ever, has been learning about being assertive, and he managed to keep Michael in line too. I was very proud of J, because that's no easy task.
Ah, but then there is M. I knew she would be the real test of Michael's understanding of sharing and being gentle. She is just the cutest little girl. She's petite with beautiful dark spiral curls. She knows she's a princess, and it suits her perfectly. And, for some reason, she just pushes Michael's buttons. He managed to resit temptation for a little while, but finally, he couldn't resist. He gave her a nice shove and looked so satisfied. I had this strange feeling as I was carrying him inside for a talk that he has thinking, "It was worth it."
So, I'm still not sure about the brat thing. But, I really am starting to wonder if this is his first crush.