Thursday, February 26, 2009

It might be a two-post day...here's the first

I haven't given a good preschool story in a while, so you're in for a treat today! I am still kind of reeling from the shock of this one. I know that I shouldn't be too surprised, but wow...

We were sitting down in the lobby of the preschool while we were waiting for all of the kids to show up in the morning. I was stooped down talking to my kids. One of my boys (one of the devil twins) went to flip his coat up over his head and he ended up accidentally punching me in the forehead. I kind of faked being hurt so that I could use the moment to teach him about saying sorry even when you do something accidentally, so I said, "R, I know that was an accident, but if we hurt someone, even accidentally, we need to say we're sorry. Can you tell Mrs. S you're sorry?"

And do you know what he said???

"No, because you deserved that..."

I am still speechless...Um WOW...I said, "Excuse me?" and picked the kid up and put him in a chair and went and got my director to tell her what he did so she could ream him out...I knew if I opened my mouth, I wouldn't be able to control my rage at that point in time. I realize that he probably heard that from his parents and had no idea what he was saying, but WOW. It's one thing to hear something at home and quite another to think that it's appropriate to say that to an adult. So when I went to go get him to walk down to the classroom, I had to pick him up and make him stand (he was refusing to come to the classroom) and he made fists at me and told me he wanted to "break this whole school down!" Anger issues? you think???

And guess what? When I told his dad about it, he said to him "Oh, R...." and that's it! Even after I said that it was very serious and he had to sit down with my boss to talk about not saying that to people...I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...3-years-old or not (actually he's 4.5 now), if I did that, I think I would STILL be grounded to this day. How about you??

6 comments:

Ter said...

I would be ticked off too. I hate inconsiderate people, child or adult! I hate that parents minimize their children's behavior issues simply because of their age.... "he's 'only' 4" is NOT a good enough excuse to me!

Erin said...

First, I need to pick my jaw up off the floor. I cannot believe that! Sad that he is our future...

Leslie said...

Sheesh! That is just sad! I can't stand when children do things like that and the parents act like it's just a normal thing. I hope his parents get with the programm and start TEACHING their child some manners...
Sorry you had a hard day!
Les

Nichole said...

Ummmm WOW! If anyone deserves that - it is the dad for allowing it to happen with little/no consequences.

Wow wow wow!

Hafsa said...

OOOOh Lord, I would have had to step out and say some prayers for myself and for that child. I commend you for your calmness, I think I would ahve called home a.s.a.p. I cannot stand it when parents don't take things seriously with their children just because of the age. That irks me to no end.

Megan said...

Yeah, that would make me pretty mad! Kids with an attitude drive me nuts!