Annoyed With the Teacher

My son is perfect. He is kind, generous, incredibly intelligent, excellent manners and easily bored. I send him to public school here in Nashville, although my parents keep nagging encouraging me to put both of my children in private school. We’ve done well with the elementary school that is zoned for my neighborhood – until this year.

I don’t know what it is about my son’s teacher this year. She just rubs me the wrong way and so does our new principal. It’s hard to put my finger on it, but her smile seems fake and she almost never looks me in the eye when she is talking to me. At first I thought maybe I was intimidating her, so I make a point to stand a little further away from her when we talk so as to not invade her personal space or make her feel threatened. I make a huge effort to frame my words and sentences like I am on her side and we are a team working for the benefit of my son. But after we talk and I leave, it is like she goes batshit on my son and I get a barrage of nasty notes sent home in his backpack about how disruptive he is, how he doesn’t finish his work, he pushed someone in line, etc.

I ask my son about what happened and every time he has a good answer, a decent explanation about what happened and honestly, so much of it was something that needed to be handled on the spot rather than sending home nasty notes. I think she must be a passive aggressive person and enjoys pointing out any misbehavior or supposed character flaw in the children.

Today, he came home with a “red dot” on his behavior calendar for pushing. That just does not make sense that my son would push another kid for no reason. I asked him what happened and he told me that the boy in line behind him bumped into him several times – on purpose. When my son told him to knock it off, the other kid just laughed in his face and then pushed my son so hard he bumped into the kid in front of him. The other kid that got bumped as a result of my son being pushed cried out and got the teacher’s attention, and it was my son who got in trouble for pushing.

Now, I’m sure that the teacher had her hands full with trying to get the whole class lined up and dispatched, but would it have killed her to take all three boys aside and find out what happened instead of just lashing out at my son? This is what bullying is all about, pushing a kid and mocking him, and I refuse to tolerate anyone bullying my kids. I want the other kid, the one who started it, to get in trouble and I will be calling the principal about this tomorrow morning. But in the meantime, I gave my son a pep talk and told him he did nothing wrong. And if the kid pushes him again, to tell the teacher, not just try to handle it himself. But honestly, I am proud that he DID try to handle it himself and I don’t like telling my son to be a tattle tale. But if he doesn’t, this teacher will blame him for the problem. It’s just not a good situation at all and I’m very annoyed with this teacher for the way she is mishandling these issues.

Who is NOT Teaching their Children Good Manners?

Some children are well behaved and have good manners and are a joy to be with. But lately it seems like a majority of children are not being raised to have any manners and their parents are apparently accepting their bad behavior – even in public places like restaurants and high end stores. This is not a good reflection on today’s society and not a good thing for these children, either. There future success can depend on their manners – or the lack of them can hold them back.

Good manners will get you far in this life, as they are one measure of a proper upbringing that today’s society will use when they judge you. Bad manners can be a huge barrier to your personal success. I am so serious about this! My parents taught all of us kids how to behave and how to act properly – especially in public or around my dad’s business acquaintances. We did not DARE do anything that would reflect poorly on our family or that would ever embarrass our parents.

I notice that one of my girlfriends, Haley, wrote on her blog about manners. Although she was not talking about children, she was distressed that one of her girlfriends seems to lack manners. And Haley realizes that bad manners can affect how you interact with co-workers. And if you associate with people who have bad manners who interact with your co-workers or other business associates, it can damage your reputation and make your superiors think badly of you.

Haley wrote in her post, Proper Introductions, about how her girlfriend was rude to a co-worker of her boyfriend. What if her boyfriend had brought his boss home? Or what if his co-worker gets a promotion and someday becomes his boss? Knowing that he has a girlfriend who is rude could mean that he does not get a promotion or raise when the opportunity arises. It is important to treat everyone well, especially people who you do not know and who are invited guests brought into your home.

Back Online Finally!

Yay! I am finally back online after 10 days of being hacked. I was so upset to have this problem, and I owe a big THANK YOU to my friend, Steve, at Front Page Results, for helping me figure out how to restore my blog after the server I used was shut down. I had to find a new hosting company and move all my files to a new server. OMG – that was a lot of work and tears!

I had bunches of people calling and sending me emails about why did I quit blogging? No! I was just offline for 10 very long and frustrating days! But I am back now – so, stay tuned for more stuff – and thanks for hanging in there with me!

Time to Start My Fall Garden

The little vegetable garden I planted in my side yard has just about finished producing vegetables, so it is time for me to start my fall garden.

Over the summer I had a great bounty of yellow squash, zucchini and green beans. The tomatoes did not do well at all – I tried three different plants in three different planting scenarios, and non of them worked well. I planted one tomato plant directly into the ground, one in the raised bed and one in the Earth Box container. None of them matured and grew enough to produce usable tomatoes. I’m bummed about that and don’t know what was wrong.

For my fall garden I am planting collard greens, lettuce and broccoli. These won’t produce much although I would love to have a huge crop of broccoli to eat for dinner and enough to freeze.

School Progress Reports Already!

I cannot believe it has been 6 weeks since school started, but the kids brought home their progress reports today in their backpacks! Wow – time has flown! And the funny thing is, a whole lot of kids on the East Coast and back home in New York have only started school this week!

We never went back to school until after Labor Day – and I like that long summer break. But the people running the schools here are pushing us slowly into a year round calendar. I don’t like that and have written letters and emails to the school board, but they ignore me and are pushing slowly forward. Pretty soon the kids won’t have any summer vacation except for a 2 week break. That SUCKS! I like having my kids home over the summer. Honestly thinking about moving back to New York – I am so sick of living in a redneck state!!!