Kind of a scary sculpture, but Tommy likes sharing his creations with people. 🙂
His mom, Joy, recently asked if I could get Tommy off his bus at the bus stop up the street from their house. After he put his book bag away, I asked him if he had a good day. He announced that he had an “outstanding” rating from the teacher. I also asked him who he played with at recess.
“Sergio,” he replied. “We played Diabetes!”
“Uh, what did you play?”
“We played Diabetes. The person who is Diabetes is “IT,” and he chases other people until he catches one, and then they are Diabetes.”
I explained that diabetes was a health problem that some kids had, and he needed to go back to saying, “Tag! You’re it!”
After school is out for the day, we parents or grandparents need to find out a few things:
How was it? Give a 1-10 scale, or offer three words that help describe it, like great, awful, ordinary.
Who did you play with today? What did you play?
Mix the questions up and don’t make them the same old after-school drill. Include something of your childhood recess or problems from time to time.
Boys will give shorter answers than girls, but try to engage them soon after they’re home, so if they have had a stressful day or a problem you can work through it.
And please see if your kid has homework. I volunteer at a school for an hour or so each week, and the kids that I work with are the kids who don’t have support with their homework at home. So sad!