Saturday, September 22, 2007

A Football Kind of Day & Ashton's Teacher

This has been the first Saturday in September that I've actually been home to watch college football. I've been in route to College Station the last 3 Saturdays to watch my Aggies. So today was kind of relaxing. We all watched ESPN College Gameday as a family this morning while eating our cereal, then Cary grilled out some fajitas and took the girls to the pool and the park while I cleaned house and took a nap. And tonight we've watched non-stop football. It's kind of nice to enjoy the games without the stress of watching or listening to my own team, which makes me nervous most games. I thought I was over the disappointment of the Miami game, but the score keeps flashing at the bottom of the screen on ESPN just bringing back the pain over and over again.

I went to a baby shower this afternoon and several of my Floridian friends asked me about my trip to Miami. When I told them about the culture shock I faced, they all validated my views by saying that Miami and the Orange Bowl has that reputation of being a place you don't really want to go. One of the girls, who went to Florida State, said that when her team played in Miami, they never went to those games because of that reason. I also got my A&M 12th Man magazine today and it had a little note about the substandard conditions of the Orange Bowl. You can read my post below about my experience in Miami.

Well, I spoke with Ashton's teacher yesterday about her behavior. If you're not sure what I'm talking about you can read the post further down about my "problem child." Incidentally some idiot posted a comment about me calling her the problem child and apparently he/she did not read the post because it's all about how she's NOT a problem child, but that her teacher has labeled her as that. But that's another story! So I explained to the teacher how she gets nothing but perfect comments about her behavior from the church nursery and other places she goes to and I asked if Ashton was targeting certain children or if this was occuring during certain activities. Okay, ya sittin' down for this one???? THERE ARE NO CONSEQUENCES! NONE! I was floored! She said she doesn't use time out because she doesn't feel they truly understand that at the age of 2, mind you some of those kids are almost 3, and I've been using time outs since my kids were 18 months. And THEY GET IT! Trust me. It works. So I very nicely said, "Of course she's hitting and pulling hair. She can get away with it here." I urged her to PLEASE start using time outs with her and getting down on her eye level, firmly explaining to her that her bahavior is unacceptable, then having her sit out for 2 minutes, and apologizing to the child she hit. She said she would try it with her. We'll see! Ashton is like most 2 yr olds, you give her an inch, she'll take a mile. You give her a boundary line and she will walk up to that line and stand on the edge of it and look at you and just smile! So she figured out real quick that she could go to this fun place called school and have her way with people and not get in trouble like she does at home. You've GOT to be kidding me. No consequences! Just "positive reinforcement". Really? And how's that workin' for ya?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What?! No Timeouts? How exactly do you have a class of 2-3 year olds without timeouts or something like that? What a hoot! Thanks for the laugh...Tara:o)

Aggieland Mommy said...

Well, now you have THE answer. I bet Ashton settles down after a few surprise consequences.

Aggieland Mommy said...

I knew there had to be a reason. Now you have THE answer and I bet sweet Ashton returns to her normal self.