It’s not possible, I keep shaking my head.
It’s time for that brave little bird to take another giant step into autonomy and individuation outside of his nuclear comfort zone.
NOOOO! I’m not ready. Angel Boy 2,0 MIGHT be ready, but I’m not.
I had this conversation with AB 1.0:
- If T wants to come home FOR ANY REASON or NO REASON AT ALL, bring him home. No questions asked.
- School is a place to have fun and learn new things; it’s not a prison.
- If he ever wants to STAY HOME, allow it.
- If he ever wants to CALL HOME, allow it.
- Again, school is NOT a prison.
These are the guidelines I lived by (and also made sure the teachers and admin knew) and it served us well. During his elementary school years, he called home only one time and that was to merely check that I meant what I said so our trust was never broken. AB loved school, loved to learn, and that’s one of the main reasons I believe why he’s now a professor.
Dad said he remembered, promised, and reminded me they’re only two blocks away from school, so I won’t have to worry.
School should NOT a prison.
School is not a punishment. Going to school shouldn’t be a threat. Neither should threatening to call the teacher if a child misbehaves at home. That’s a recipe for disaster.
Learning and being creative and imaginative is a JOY. I don’t care about attendance; that’s just the district’s hidden agenda to continue the flow of dollars. If a child doesn’t wake up in the morning excited and eager to get to school, it’s the teacher’s fault, and they really do NOT want this ghetto grandma showing up to find out why.
Teehee, that’s not an idle threat, by the way…’nuff said. Fingers crossed that he’ll LOVE it as much as his dad did. Or else.
P.S. In case I forgot to mention it, I used to teach school, K-6. Kindergarten is the most important and pivotal year in a child’s life to set the stage for academic success and nurture an inquisitive mind. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a positive kindergarten experience.