Thursday, 19 April 2012
I got a phone call yesterday from the owner of our childcare. She wanted to know how I planned to manage the fact that my son shouts when he gets frustrated?.. Also how we should manage his pushing along with whether I think he should be back in speech therapy (he was a late talker).
I was heartbroken. I firstly thought WTF has he done today at school? Secondly have I now got a "Spirited Child" on my hands and should I email Em? Thirdly I thought his speech was pretty good these days?... have all my mates been lying to me?.
So the conversation ends with not much resolved other than we will chat with the teachers (who she claimed didn't have any answers).. 2 hours of feeling quite sad that I was raising a bully and I rock up to childcare..
"How has Harrington been?" I ask his favourite teacher and the gorgeous older lady they have there.... Oh he has had a wonderful day, he did throw a toy in annoyance but we just removed it and said "you must not throw toys", that he is communicating so well with the others now that he can chat and that when he gets stroppy it makes them laugh that he is immediately calm after and says of his own accord "sorry" and gives them a hug!!
Its made me paranoid about what I think is just normal boy behaviour. He gives such amazing cuddles, asks after all his favourite people all the time and is so in love with his sister its just beautiful..
Do I crack down hard and curb his real personality growing or do I ignore the owner who, FYI just owns and does not attend the centre, and stop him throwing toys *obviously* but let the rest be?
To cage the young mare, saddled and whipped with reins on him or let him run free, to buck and bolt but come home to a loving stable at night?