The first thing you might want to do is make sure you have all the facts. In the incident you mentioned, are you certain all the boys were having fun, including the one being buried with leaves? The supervisor may have observed things as possibly being hurtful to someone.  Another consideration is that what you and I might view as normal horseplay in our own back yards, is not often acceptable in the playground. Most schools have a ‘no touch’ rule so that everyone can feel safe and simple horseplay does not get out of hand and become hurtful.

The key here is to make sure you have good communication with your child’s school. When you have a concern or question about what has happened at school, it is always a good idea to meet with the teacher or principal so that everyone is on the same page. You may not want to form an opinion until you have all the facts. It is important to remember that the school has the same interest as you do – doing the best for children. Your child needs to know that you are there for him and that you and the school are there to help him be the best he can be.

It is possible that a time will come where the school takes a position that you cannot agree with, even after you have all the facts. In this case, you might let your child know that even though things did not work out the way you had hoped, it is okay and you will get through this together. Remembering that the school is also doing its best will help him understand that even though it has not worked out well, you and your child can weather the storm. It is important that you do nothing to make your child dislike his teacher, as we all know, when the teacher has the child’s heart, it will be a good year at school.

 


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