“Owning Up”

Ok, so if there is one lesson you learn in life, it is learning from your mistakes. I may be making a bold statement here, but that is one thing that this new generation is lacking. Being a 'semi-retired' teacher, there are many things I have taught my own children; their ABC’s, 123’s, shapes, colors, etc. Today I taught my son a lesson in “owning up to your mistakes.”

Of course, out of all the days I was unable to pick my son up from preschool, he had gotten in trouble. AAARRGGGHHH- but hey it happens- and that is why I deliberately hid my photo album from high school. I guess a friend of his was sent to time-out (reason unknown and none of my business anyway) and my son had to see what the issue was by sitting next to his friend on the time-out step. The teacher asked him to remove is body from the step, and in return my son had told his teacher “no” and insisted that he had to get to the bottom of the problem. So, his teacher said “fine, now you’re in time out.” Right-on teach! Sorry I would have done the same thing.

By now you may be thinking- “aren’t you going to defend your son?”  Innocent until proven guilty? Well, 1. My son (love him to death) tends to think that he makes the rules from time to time forgets that adults are the crème of the crop. 2. My father. Dang him, I do hate when he has a point with his “When I was Growing Up” stories. And I quote “When I was growing up teachers were always right and you were guilty until proven otherwise. In my day, you were afraid of a teacher (more of a respect) and more importantly you were scared to death of your parents if your teacher called home.” Although it has been 45 years since he has been in school, times have changed.

Today I took my son to school and had him apologize to his teacher for being insubordinate. I also gave him a HUGE lecture and early bed time, of course, but I think that “owning up” to what happened made it more of a lesson learned and a lesson earned. I also got kinda teary-eyed when my son hugged his teacher and said he was "so, so sorry." I get teary-eyed over everything, trust me, but this was one of those "Hallmark Moments."

Parents, do not be afraid to talk to your child’s teacher. Being a teacher myself, I really enjoy the open communication. I feel that children need to be held personally accountable for their actions, even at 4 years old.

Link of the day: http://www.pbs.org/parents/goingtoschool/talking_teachers.html - Tips for parents about talking to your child’s teacher by PBS.org

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