Little Man's in "trouble" again! Well, nothing new to a mom who has been receiving complaints made by his teachers since he started school last year (Y2010). Seriously, it's become a norm these days that I would be surprise if he didn't get into trouble at all!
As I flip through his communications book (between the teachers and us), I have already seen more than 5 pages written, in which 80% were complaints. Little Missy comparatively only has 2 pages filled in her comms book and the messages were merely to inform me that she's hurt herself due to falling or some mishap somewhere that's almost negligible.In fact, Little Man has been complained about so often that I've lost count because besides those that were written on his comms book, there were countless verbal complaints made by his current TIC! Some valid, some *shrug* oh well... I just have to roll my eyes and wonder how in the world did my little fellow get into so much trouble at his age!!!
To cite a few of the complaints... he's been breaking his classmates erasers, he's been putting pencils into his mouth, he's been disobedient in class, he's been roaming about in the K2's class and destroying their equipment and materials for science experiments... The latest complaint? He's been hitting his friend with a shoe because his classmate bit him!!!
Very often, I'd feel exasperated and question what didn't I do right or have I done something that was so wrong that my child turned out to be a serial trouble maker? Why can't he just be a docile, obedient and compliant child that every teacher and parent would be proud of? One who would conform to the norm, one who would just do everything as he's been told!?!?!
Hubs reminded me that it takes patience. Some children just needed to be reminded more often. Especially, Little Man. We know that our boy is different (though we do not want to slap a label on him), we just have to acknowledge that he is unique and wired differently from most children.
For all the many complaints we've received, we've deduced that he's a highly curious and generally inquisitive child who MUST touch/meddle/break things to find out how it works. He is advance in his reading skills amongst his classmates and therefore appeared to be bored in class most of the time and when he's bored that's when trouble begins. He's weak in his Chinese and therefore is not as cooperative during chinese lessons. He's by nature playful!
While we continue to guide and teach him what is the correct way to behave, we need also to accept and be grateful of his uniqueness. Fortunately, he's still teachable though it has to be repeated more often than not.