Mrs. RB40 is out of town on a business trip this week and I’m a temporary single dad. We haven’t had to do this since RB40Jr was two. Geez, how do single parents raise kids on their own? It has been just 4 days and I’m exhausted. RB40 Jr is a very energetic 5 year old and it’s tough to keep up with him. When Mrs. RB40 is home, I can tell him to go bother her once my patience wears out :-). This week, we just have to put up with each other. I’ve been more short-tempered than usual and I am so ready for Mrs. RB40 to come home.
I know it’s bad to be short-tempered with the kid, but I can’t help it sometimes. He kept doing annoying things. He horses around all the time and that tends to screw up what I’m trying to do. On Tuesday, we had a tough time getting ready for school and we were both in a foul mood by the time we arrived. Of course, this set him up to have a rough day at school. That day, he whined a lot and punched his teacher in the crotch. (Not a fun experience even for a woman.) Needless to say, he did not get a sticker on Tuesday. The other days were better, but we really need Mrs. RB40 here to help hold it together.
Kindergarten registration is already underway and I need to get it done by June 1st. That seems very early to me, but I guess that’s how it work. We went to the open house earlier this year and the kindergarten class was very impressive. The kids keep journal and many of them write pretty well. Right now, RB40Jr can write his name and that’s about it. He knows how all the letters sound, but still have a hard time putting them together. We probably need to dedicate a little time to writing and reading this summer. It’s a slow process. I’m afraid he’d follow his mom’s footstep and get sent to the “yellow” group.
Mrs. RB40 was a shy girl when she was little. I guess they used to divide kids up into groups depending on their comprehension level. When the teacher asked her questions on the assessment/placement day, she refused to answer and was sent to the yellow group as a result. RB40Jr has the same tendency toward strangers. He is very chatty when he’s around people he knows, but tends to clam up with strangers. His other tactic is to make funny noises or talk in a funny voice when he’s uncomfortable. That’s the ticket to yellow group for sure.
This is a little contradictory to me, but he also seems to be the class clown. We went to a science themed birthday party last month and he was very disruptive. When the “scientist” asked a question, he’d raise his hand and say things like – “punch yourself in the face, hahaha..” All the kids laughed, but it was pretty embarrassing to his parents. After a few times, the scientist stopped calling on him. He kept his hand up and started making angry noises. I had to drag him out of the group and explain to him that she won’t call on him anymore if he kept making unrelated comments.
The next day, I talked to his teacher and she said he doesn’t make disruptive comments in her class. Whew! He likes to raise his hand and won’t put it down until he’s called, though. The teacher said they are working on how to raise their hand and how to limit the discussion to the current topic.
Stay at Home Dad
Okay, I don’t want to complain too much, so I’ll end it early. Actually, things are pretty good in general. It’s just this week that’s been tougher than usual. He listens better now, but we still need to constantly remind him to do things the right way. The punching incidents are very rare and he hasn’t hit another kid in a few months. This is a huge improvement since the previous SAHD update last fall. He still likes to punch adults, though. His punch usually doesn’t hurt so it’s hard to take it seriously. I kept telling him not to punch anyone in the penis (me specifically), but it’s just too funny for him…
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