Last night I had Baileys school conferences. They are all pretty much the same, they last about 15 minutes. I always look forward to them. Last night I didn’t only because I had a severe neck ache but I slapped a smile on my face and went. Now I’m not sure about you but I normally don’t like taking Bailey to conferences. If there happens to be anything “negative” we have to address I don’t want him to hear us talking about it. Mainly because Bailey is very sensitive and he takes things very personal. So I generally don’t take him with.
I always get a bit nervous because you always want to hear your child is doing great, and there’s always that possibility of not so great news. Bailey has never had a behavioral problem, he’s a gentle soul. He’s already surpassed his year end goal for math and reading. He has an A in Physical Ed, no surprise there. I was so incredibly proud of him.
So his teacher sets all that great paperwork and tests aside and says this to me.” So here’s the problem with Bailey.” My immediate reaction was, OH NO!
I thought we were in the clear. Now I know my son likes to talk about random things, as do I, but it is becoming a problem. Like every other conference, every other year….this was their complaint. He talks too much! He’s Mr. Popular, the class clown always wanting to make people laugh. I don’t doubt that one bit. I mean his favorite show is America’s funniest home videos! His favorite actor is Adam Sandler. He loves a good laugh and loves it even more when he’s causing the big laugh. But this is a side of Bailey only people close to him see. Here at home or with his friends at school. He’s gone to school with the same kids since preschool. If he’s comfortable with you, you are in for some good belly laughs.
So I’m sitting there, for one thing I’m sitting in a chair fit for a small child so I’m already giggling inside. Why I find that funny is beyond me! Anyways…I’m trying not to let that giggle out, this is serious! He’s distracting the class, something has to be done! I told her I’d have a chat with him about it. He needs to learn when and where to be the funny comedian. I left that classroom got in my truck and literally laughed out loud. I couldn’t hold it in any longer! Besides I had to get it out because I had to go home and have a “serious” talk with Bailey.
I gather myself, put my serious mom face on and walk in the door. He looks at my face and asks, “what did I do???” I sat him down on the couch and preceded to tell him that he needed to only joke around during recess and free time when he’s at school. He said he’d try to stop, and then he said, “but that’s just who I am!”
At that moment I thought to myself…I’m telling my son not to make people laugh because it’s the one thing his teacher is having a problem with. If that’s the worse I have to face I THANK MY LUCKY STARS!!!!!!!! Considering what I did and what his dad did at that age…could I get lucky????? Jason says all the time, our time is coming. He will be 3 times worse than us. Maybe I’m just bias but I really don’t see that in Bailey. Honestly I don’t see him doing bad things as I know I did. You’re probably thinking I’m delusional and I have major blinders on. I guess time will tell! Oh I also found out that Bailey’s long time love, Emily is his girlfriend again!!!! I wrote this post about that situation called Young Love if you’d like to read it if you haven’t already.
What do you think, if you have kids do you think they will be worse than you? Were you an angel and how different were you growing up from your parents? Am I completely delusional and should I prepare myself for teen years????