Monday, March 21, 2005


My son's teacher called us last week to tell us that he has been acting out in class lately, won't listen, etc. It seems that some of the younger kids are acting silly, which is fine for the younger kids, but that he is acting out as well, and that they expect more from him because he is older and supposed to be more mature.

I was a little taken aback by this, but not the least bit surprised, because they could have very well have been describing me at the same age. I have a lot of fond memories and learned a lot of wonderful thing in my early years - some good, some bad - that being said, the onthing I need to do for my son right now for his own benefit is to set boundaries for him - not significant ones per se, but ones that will set a positive precedent for him going forward.

For example, he likes to go to the library. Maybe set up a way where he can earn a weekly trip to the library by cleaning up, behaving, etc. One of our friends do this with their 4 and a half year old - they give him a 'special trip' with Mom or Dad when he gets enough rewards.

My little boy is growing up, and it seems he has a lot of me in him. I just need to take the extra steps to ensure that he keeps the good things that he inherits from daddy, and gets rid of the bad ones.

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