I can’t believe Punkie is old enough to be having another parent conference week at day care. I guess he obviously is, since it’s happening. If you recall, I had a fair amount of confusion leading up to his first conference, last year, around what I would ask or what we could talk about.
This time around, I want to know things like what kind of classmate is he? Is he kind of pushy or aggressive, or does he stand back and watch, or does he help his classmates? I also want to know what he excels at and what he has a little more trouble with. Does he enjoy dance party afternoons, and what does he do when they try to get him to finger paint. We can work at home with him on whatever he needs help with.
That’s probably what I’m supposed to want to talk about, and I honestly do. But I also want to know something less politically correct. I want to know which one of these kids bit my baby.
About two weeks ago, Punkie came home with a bite mark on his arm. The teacher explained to my husband, who picked him up that day (and most days), that there was a disagreement over a toy and Punkie was bitten. We didn’t ask who bit him and the teacher did not offer. However, THIS parent wants to know which kid did it. Is it his friend whose name he learned and repeats at home, or was it some bigger kid from another class?
I mean, let’s be honest. I can’t do much about it. And I’m sure this is why my husband didn’t ask who did it. Kids bite sometimes and it’s not like Punkie will understand me if I coach him to use conflict avoidance strategies to avoid future bites. But I need to know.