Have you had one of those as a kid growing up? You know the paddle called the board of education your parents wielded at you when you misbehaved? I sure did, and I'm wondering if my dad still has it...
My little man's been quite the little grand master bully at school, and not bullying kids either, but his principal and educational assistant... And it gets better... It's all my fault.
I've noticed how I've trained the kids at our patio homes to get Dayton in trouble. Trying to avoid conflict between Dayton and the kids and raise some 'understanding,' I've asked the kids to come to me if there are 'issues' with Dayton and their 'play.' You know, be the referee before things get out of hand. Thinking I could prevent meltdowns, embarrassing moments for Dayton, awkward times with kids... Yeah, how about no. That didn't really work out well.
Instead I hear kids screaming at Dayton "no, stop, don't hit me!!!" when I'm sitting on the patio, look up and see Dayton playing by himself, clear across the field. Seriously? What the hell is that all about? Obviously these little punks are trying to get him in trouble. Not cool! And it makes me feel like walking around with one of my croquet hammers to supervise the play ground.
So I had a talk with my son. I told Dayton that if anyone hit him, he had full permission to go ahead and smack the little freak shows into next day. If kids are using their words to fight, he is NOT allowed to get physical, but he could use his own words to fight back. Never, ever strike at someone unless they strike first. That's the rule. I'm tired of kids picking on him and than Dayton getting in trouble for it. They want to play this game, then game on. I know my babe can take them on. He may have heard me tell my friend that I didn't raise no 'sissy,' and how Dayton was far from being weak, and maybe it's time these brats got what they deserve.
Dayton goes to school and gets himself in trouble. The principal comes to get him. Dayton's talking back at him and reaches out to smack him saying: "you're weak, why don't you defend yourself?"
What the... How did he confuse "defend yourself Dayton" for bullying the principal???
I got a call from the school to come and get Dayton early on Monday... Long story short, Dayton had to be physically removed from the computer room as he was threatening to stab his poor educational assistant and his principal with scissors... because he wanted more time on the computer...
It gets better... Yesterday, Dayton snuck a Call of Duty game cover to school... My mother always taught me to kill`em with kindness, but I think in this case I am justified to beat Dayton`s father with a baseball bat. It`s me that gets the notes from school, not him!!! My parenting is questioned, never his!!! He`s making my life a miserable hell by playing these video games with Dayton, and now he`s bringing them to school!!!
So, as you can see, I`ve got my hands full. Just when you think you`ve figured out your child, he throws a curve ball at ya and expects ya to `fetch it.`
Hope all is well with yàll. Consider yourselves hugged,