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Barack Levin

Author: Barack Levin


Posted by Barack Levin on June 3rd, 2009

My little boy started summer camp. The day care manager called me in and said that she would like to move him and 3 other kids from his pre-k class to be in summer camp with the older kids. I thought it would be a great experience for him to be exposed to some older kids for some time. Since he is the eldest, this will be an opportunity for him not to be the leader of the pack.

The first week of summer camp and we have already witnessed a change. Hs attitude changed. From a nice polite young kid he became more aggressive and started getting an attitude. He would talk back, would take no for an answer and argue with us on things that he has never argued before. The first thing on my mind was to ask at summer camp how he is doing in class. I was informed that he was doing fine and while mostly playing with his friends with pre-k and not the big boys, he still socialize with them every once in a while. From this I understood that his new attitude is not due to a problem in day care but it is rooted someplace else.

I asked him if he was doing good at summer camp and he said yes, and I believe him because he would tell me if something was wrong. I concluded that he is simply mimicking behavior he sees in class among the older kids. This is fine with me as long as he understands his boundaries. I want him to know how to talk back to other people and I definitely do not want other kids o bully him. I think it is very good for him to rough up a little. But when it comes to talking to me and my wife, that is a different story. The attitude has to go away.

So I called him over for a little chat and I told him exactly that. I told him that we understand that he seeing new things in summer camp ad that it is all right with us and he can act this way with his new friends, but when he comes home he has to change his behavior. We told him that we would not tolerate such a behavior at home. He looked at me, nodded and since then he calmed down with us but still has plenty of fun with his friends.

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