Wednesday, July 2, 2008

We made it through this school year but I'm still waiting for the Suspension

Anyone who has had both boys and girls knows there is a difference between them. Before I had one of each I totally bought into the Nurture verses Nature view of child rearing. I bought gender neutral toys and thought I could mold my children however I chose. Unfortunately, a little something called testosterone got in the way of my plans. My son started to make his own guns out of sticks or legos. What do you do when that happens? "I'm so glad you are using creative open-ended play, but ah . . ." Anyway I've given up.

In this time of zero tolerance I'm waiting for that phone call telling me to come pick up Jake from school. There has been foreshadowing of this inevitable occurrence i.e. the time he made a drawing of a gun and cut it out at school and got a bus slip for bringing it home on the bus. (No, his teachers' didn't have a problem with it just the bus driver.) He also got in trouble on the bus for reading a book about a video game (rated E) because he and his friend used violent words. I'm trying to explain to him why he shouldn't do that kind of stuff but he doesn't get it. It didn't help that my husband thought it was hilarious.

Jake brought home a poem:

Oh, No

A wife has a knife.
So I have to run in the sun.
There's no time to give her a cap,
then take a nap.
Oh, no I guess I did!

Certain parts of the poem were crossed out, new poem:

Oh, No

A fiddle has a riddle.
So I have to run in the sun.
There's no time to give it a cap,
then take a nap.
Oh, no I guess I did!

I think we can all agree that the suspension is inevitable at some point.

2 comments:

Rogn1 said...

Mel and I love your blog. I wish I had the discipline to do it daily like you do. Poor Mel has nothing but testosterone to contend with. Did you see the singing performance of the little autistic boy on "America's Got Talent" last night? Some performance! You can see it on the website. Have a great day and a happy 4th of July.

Life as the mother of 4 said...

I'll have to check it out. I hope you have a good 4th as well.

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