It is not unusual for boys to have trouble keeping their hands to themselves. It can take some time for it to sink in. My son started school at 3 (preschool) and every year he progressively got better in understanding the need to keep his hands to himself. This year in 1st grade, he finally does not have an issue with it. My question is did he have this problem in kindergarten? If he didn't you have to ask yourself what has changed? Was the kindergarten teacher more tolerant or dealt with it in the classroom (not making it an issue to you because it is a normal behavior)? I would talk with his teacher to see what he/she suggests. Also, to find out how severe the issue is. For us, we were constantly on him about keeping his hands to himself, including touching that wasn't "aggressive" just grabby or unnecessary. We talked about how it was bothersome and rude. How people don't like it, which can translate into people not wanting to play with you. I will also note you have to watch your attitude towards his teacher. You don't mean to be less than respectful but there is a clear undertone here that you have issues with the teacher. You don't want your son to pick up on that. My son's JK (junior kindergarten) teacher wasn't the best and we had to work hard to not let our views of her color our son's behavior. I understand that this is frustrating but it is normal and they do out grow it if dealt with by constantly pointing out the behavior to him much the same as you do with toddler when you re-direct them. As my husband likes to say, gentle pressure constantly applied. GLView Thread
Some children do have trouble with impluse control and understanding boundaries around personal space is part of that. You are right it can affect social acceptance. It is often a maturity issue that they out grow but if allowed to continue without working on controlling this type of behavior that happen later rather than sooner. The longer the behavior goes on the more likely it can affect social acceptance. We have worked on this with our son since he was quite little. He had impluse control issues but has pretty much outgrown them. He is now 6 and he isn't anymore grabby than most other 6 year old boys.
I would suggest you talk with her parents about your observations and let them handle this.View Thread
DH unilaterally set the rate at $5. I was thinking more along the line of $1. I even picked up a bunch of gold $1 dollar coins. So far Levi has lost two teeth and based on our last dentist visit about 2 weeks ago, he has three more loose teeth. Levi won't wiggle them. They have to drop out on their own accord. At least, the last two did. You might want to post on the 4 to 5 year board to get a better response. Many of us haven't made the leap over here because it is dead and a bit depressing.View Thread
Congrats. This is a big step. We have started to research sleep away camps for Levi. There is a particular camp in Maine that we want to send him. He could go at age 8 for 10 days. We will likely do this with DH and I hanging out somewhere in Maine so as not to be for far from him. As for packing, the camp should send you a list of necessary items.
This summer he will be at day camp where they field a strong competitive swim team. So he will be swimming 9 times a week for 8 weeks this summer.View Thread
I have to preface this with Levi has almost no homework and won't until 3rd grade. Nevertheless, with the little that he does get here and there, our approach is this is your job and you need to do it. We are very firm on that. We also try to set good work examples for him so he sees that we too have work that we must do and that we don't complain about it. I think that helps.View Thread
First of all, I am soooo glad I have a boy. I didn't start wearing one until I was closer to 10 and man did I hate them. I can remember at 7 being told by my mom that I had to start wearing shirts when I was outside playing. I was really upset and thought it was unfair since the boys could run around without a shirt. I was a tom boy through and through.View Thread
Thanks. We are doing okay. Life has been rather hectic with MIL, all the travel, moving back into the house, oh and yeah that little something called work. We have moved back in and are at a level of controlled chaos. It looks really nice. Of course, now we have a laundry list of things that we need to do downstairs. At least that won't require us to move out or if it does it would only be a for a week. But we are going to take a break from construction work and deal with it next winter.View Thread
We were actually down there last weekend. We have never taken Levi to Ruby Falls or Rock City. We talk about taking him but never seem to have the time too busy with family. From what DH says, it might be a bit of a challenge for your whole brood, especially Rock City. We have taken the Incline Railway many times, which would be completely doable for you all. Point Park is nice though in places could be panic attack inducing. When Levi was little and we were close to the edge I had a death grip on him. The aquarium and river front are very nice. Chattanooga is lovely little town have a good time.View Thread