I have said this before, and I will say it again…
I wasn’t the world’s best toddler.
When I was 3, I was expelled from daycare. So believe me when I say, I know that toddlers can be a handful.
But I also know that toddlers will be toddlers after all.
Joah, my 2-year-old son, has been in the toddler class at his daycare for nearly two months. One of the things I enjoy about his school is that each year, parents are asked to sit down with their children’s teacher for a parent/teacher conference. My conference with Joah’s teacher was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
“Do you have a few minutes?” Joah’s teacher asked me on Wednesday evening. “I know we’re supposed to meet tomorrow, but can we just do it right now?”
We went to a child-free room. She never invited me to sit down, so we stood the entire time.
“Today, your son was spitting,” she started out. “And every time I asked him to stop, he just laughed.”
After that remark she pulled out a sheet of paper that had Joah’s name on it and four developmental areas: physical, social/emotional, cognitive and language.
She and I talked about Joah’s progress and concluded that he was right on track.
After we discussed whether he was able to use his imagination, role play and play make-believe with objects, we talked about his future goals. She wanted to see Joah learn to ride a bike with training wheels and to work on recognizing shapes and colors.
But there was one goal that bothered me: work on following classroom rules.
When we got to that section, which was the bulk of the conference, I wanted to know specifically what Joah needed to work on.
She said he needed to work on listening to his teachers, putting his toys away, and not laughing after being given instructions. His teacher asked if I could stay on him about learning to follow the rules.
After I picked him up from school that day, I tried to talk to him about it, but I don’t think he really understood. After all, he is only 2.
I don’t want Joah to be known as the class clown or the disruptive child, but I also don’t know what I need to do.
Do you have any advice?
Tunette Powell is a working mom with two children. You can read her every Tuesday on momaha.com
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