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Saturday, September 24, 2005


sorry to hear about this. It really is the responsibility of the teachers to talk to the parents about this, but of course it's something that is confidential, so hopefully that is exactly what they are doing. Kids are tough though, my son survived a kindergarten year with a very troubled kid and a principal who would not support the teacher, which I'll post about someday (the kindergarten class that is).
Thanks for the links!

My pleasure. I suspect I'll have plenty more stories of this nature to tell in the years to come.

That is the way to love your children. The bullys have no justification to harm somebody innocent and weaker than themselves. If they are so much macho why don't they pick on somebody their own size?

Truth: It would be nice wouldn't it? But then in my son's case we're talking about kids who are 3-4 years old.

I have a friend whose parents were separated, all the teachers at the school loved him and every Sunday they used to pray for his father, who was going through tough time. My friend became a part of my family. My parents love him. May be if you invite the kid to your home, you'll get to know that he is a very beautiful kid afterall.

Isuppose the bright side of this (not that there really is one) is that it can be character building for both yourself and your little one.

My little girl isn't in preschool but it's great to hear stories like this so i know what to look out for.

Truth: You have a good point. I mean, in some ways I like this kid, but finding out he slaps your son in the face makes it tough to like him.

Chocolate: I agree that the best thing I can do for Seth is teach him how to deal with other people. As long as the situations don't become overwhelming to him or detrimental to his education.

I have a problem with a four year old girl at my daughters nursery. She seems to really obsess about my 10 month old daughter Rose..... she always asks after her, and at first, I thought she was charming. There have been a few really disturbing incidents of late - The first one happened when I was dropping Rose off, the little girl picked her off the ground by her neck and began to choke her. The little girls face was full of rage... her teeth were barred like an animal and even when we were shouting for her to let go, she would not... her fingers needed to be peeled from my daughters neck. The second incident (some weeks later) happened when the little girl asked me if she could give Rose a kiss, I didn't want to be mean to the child as Rose had been giving kisses to other little girls, so I held rose out for the little girl to kiss. She started to hug Rose and then again she got really angry and started to crush her. I still had a hold of my daughter and it took another lady to pull the little girl off, but not before she bit rose (really badly) on the head.

I have complained to the nursery manager, because I am now so worried that this child has some behavioural problems and she seems to have singled my daughter out. At first I felt bad, she is after all only a little girl, but You needed to see her face to see the rage in her. The nursery have said they will keep an eye on the situation, but I am shocked at their attitude, so I shall now be removing my daughter from the nursery. I understand children often hit and bite.... but this was something more sinister all together.

Rachel, that is really scary. You are right to pull Rose out.

We're having similar issues with a boy at my son's pre-school. It is a dilemma because he really enjoys it there and there are so many good points. As my son doesn't seem overly concerned despite being hit, scratched and headbutted in the space of a week I am inclined to deal with this through the teachers as much as I can as I don't want the boy kicked out. However, if my son starts showing signs of stress about this we will take the matter further. You say you're selfish but how can you be selfish when you are looking out for your son's interests. It would be more selfish to allow your son to suffer to uphold a liberal image, in my opinion.

Neil, it's been about three years since I wrote this piece. Now that I'm more experienced, I say this: I'd be pressuring the teacher and school until they dealt with the problem. If the school failed to take care of problem children, I'd pull mine out or, if that was not an option, would enroll my kids in martial arts.

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