At my son’s first parent teacher conference for preschool, I sat ‘proudly?’ listening to how well my son was doing academically speaking. He could read so much better than the other children that he refused to listen to any of them read and rode the trike instead. He could answer questions about stories at an ‘excellent’ level despite listening to them at a ‘needs improvement’ level because he was always rolling around all over the room and messing with toys while stories were being read.
And then his teacher shared that he had recently started chanting, “We want re-cess, we want re-cess,” over and over during circle time. Soon, all the other children joined in, and they all sat chanting ‘we want recess’ at the teachers. Next, she explained, my child started wildly running all around the room, and most of the other kids followed suit.
He has leadership skills.
The next year, a mom from the younger class of preschoolers apprehensively approached me saying she had been debating on whether or not she should tell me something. I convinced her I wanted to know and she told me that when she had been putting up her child’s student of the week board, she had heard my son start chanting “No, we’re not. No, we’re not,” when the teacher asked if they were ready to listen. Eventually, all the children had joined in the chant. I was never told about any other incidents by the teachers, but I have always wondered how often it happened.
In the two years his class was there, three teachers quit.
This is a series of stories about my oldest child. During his early years, I spent my on-line time reviewing symptom checklists for a variety of behavioral disorders, and I was quite sure we would have to send him to military school one day. I felt completely defeated by his behavior on many occasions. I have long struggled to find the right way to share these stories on my blog. I finally decided just to write them as they are, with no great revelation about their impact. (Though a couple do include a follow-up disciplinary technique that worked!) My purpose in sharing these stories is three-fold. I hope to provide a good laugh, to give a thank-goodness-its-not-just-my-kid OR an at-least-my-kid-hasn’t-done-that feeling, and also to instill hope that your ‘that’ kid can turn out to be as amazing as mine someday. He still drives me somewhat crazy, but at 18 he is a great person with a bright future (and was not sent to military school)! Some personality traits that are horrific in a young child are pretty dang awesome in a teen ready to head out into the world.
Want to Read More Stories in This Series?
That Kid Who Will NOT Leave the Park
That Kid Who DEMANDS Attention Every Second of Every Day
I am the mother of seven children ranging from teens to a toddler, living out in the middle of nowhere, USA. I aim to hone the craft of giving advice without pretending to have this whole mom thing figured out. I am Christian, but not the really nice kind that is good at it. I am also conservative, but I promise not to be in your face with political agendas very often. I like to infuse humor into my writing, so don't freak out if you are offended or appalled by what you read here. There is a very fine line between serious advice and sarcastic hyperbole.