Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Principal's Office

Yesterday, the hubs and I met with Memphis' new Principal.
It's been YEARS since I've been to the Principal's office.  Actually, I'm not even sure I was ever even called into "the office" during my high school years... I was a pretty good girl!  ;) 

You see, I haven't mentioned it on the blog, but Memphis has been having some behavioral issues since about mid-May.  They kind of snuck up on us, and are pretty extreme.  It's not all of the time, but it's something we're very concerned about and we are doing what we can to figure out what is going on. 
These new behaviors coupled with things we've noticed in the past (not even "bad behaviors" but little things we got used to as "just something Memphis does" has made me question if there isn't a diagnosis to tie all of these together...)

That being said, we are looking forward to him starting school in a couple of weeks... and we don't want these issues to come as a surprise to anyone.
Even though, to be honest, we're not even sure if there will even be any 'behaviors.'  They could have just been his way of expressing that he was DONE with daycare once & for all.  He will be 6 in October, and is very bright... daycare was just not enough for him anymore, and he has been ready for a change for quite some time.

That is why we want his experience at school to be the best it can possibly be!
He's definitely our little professor.  The intellectual one of our family, for sure... we sometimes call him our little "database" because he is so full of knowledge already, and is a total sponge when it comes to learning.  He *wants* to know every.darn.thing.  I think school will be 'his thing.' 

So, back to our meeting.
I must say that I feel so much better now that we've met.
We're all on the same page and we're ready.
Now... it could be that these issues were a 'phase' OR it could be something more...
but at least we're  not alone.  I truly believe we all want Memphis to shine this year!

Bring it on!

Has anyone else had to work with the school for behavioral issues with their children?
How was your experience?  
If anyone has any similar experiences, I would love to hear from you!!

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  1. I was at the principals office almost every week, he once said said we were the worst year he had every taught, he'd been teaching over 30 years!

    Anyhoo, I think its wonderful you've mentioned any possible behaviour issues before hand, shows your really taking the whole schooling process seriously and not just leaving up to the teachers to teacher. Too many parents forget their role as an educator in their children's lives.

    I'm sure it will turn out to be nothing to worry about, both our boys have little 'isms' which have at one time or another caused us to worry that something has been missed.

    Either way, I'm sure you will just take it in your stride and deal with it after all he's still your little Memphis!

  2. O will be 3 next month and I am already apologizing to teachers I haven't even met yet. I do agree with Amanda though. The best thing is that you are involved and taking action.

  3. Our son has Asperger's Syndrome. He's a total rule follower at school, but we've struggled with impulse control and extreme hyperactivity at home since he's holding it together at school. Feel free to email me if you want to chat about how we've dealt with it.

  4. Our son had issues in Grade 1 & 2. We got the teacher to fill out forms and had pediatricians, CLSC's and phycologists occasionally visit him at school so he could "talk" about what's bothering him. He seemed to talk more with them than with us at home. We've gotten passed the rough patch and now he's on to Grade 5! Great idea talking to the school beforehand!


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