Jeffrey and Eleanor brought home their report cards over the weekend. I was concerned to see that Eleanor’s card noted that she has problems working independently and having a good attitude towards learning and following directions.
I mentioned this to Eleanor, and she took it seriously. At dinnertime, she insisted on standing on a chair and being my helper, “so that I can be a better worker at school.”
ME: Yes, Eleanor. You need to do your best at school.
ELEANOR: Yeah, and not get put into Time-Out so much.
ME: You get put into Time-Out?
ELEANOR: Yeah, almost every day.
ELEANOR: Because I keep talking when Mrs. Wright says not to.
ME: Well, you need to follow your teacher’s directions. There’s a time for talking and a time for doing your work.
ELEANOR: But Mrs. Wright says it’s okay to talk while we work!
ELEANOR: It just isn’t okay to scream while we work.
ME: [heavy sigh]