My son’s kindergarten class made a book for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The assignment was for each child to draw of picture of something he or she was sorry about.
This was one of the contributions that was made to the book of “I’m Sorry”. This child was sorry for pushing his brother down the stairs. Concerning? Yeah, a little bit.
This was another child who apparently hit my child. She was remorseful, apparently, and wanted to apologize. By the way, no one from the school ever told me that a kid had hit my son!
There were others who were sorry for biting and pushing and pinching and yelling. All were of a common theme…aggression. Which, is quite normal behavior for a kindergarten child. Or so I’m told.
But then comes my child and his picture
Again. Aggression. But he was not actually apologizing for himself. He was apologizing for drawing a picture of one of his action figures killing a bad guy. In fact, to be precise…Wolverine is portrayed here by a long claw and the bad guy in question…Magneto, the other figure on the page.
And guess who got a phone call from a concerned mother?
Apparently she feels that my son needs to be evaluated.
She had also witnessed a end of the day tantrum, by my son, in the classroom. I’ll bet it wasn’t pretty but it was because I had gotten there early to pick him up and he saw me from the playground. He wanted his Mommy!
I spoke with my son’s teacher. She told me he is fine and to not be bothered by what this mother, who meant well, advised me to do.
She also said that, perhaps, she shouldn’t have included that picture in the book. Because, despite the fact that she knew he was talking about action figures, other parents wouldn’t know and would be a little disturbed.
But really. Shouldn’t they be a tad more uneasy about all the biting, pushing down stairs, hitting, kicking, smacking that these children are doing to other children? Potentially dangerous behavior.
Action figures can be thrown down stairs, stomped on, stabbed with plastic swords and smacked by another action hero. They’ll be ok.
I think the parents that need a phone call is the one whose child is pushing his sibling down the stairs?
Or the kid that bit MY son!!!