I know I shouldn’t have, but it does appear that I blinked. September is among us, we are finishing the 2nd week of school tomorrow, OSU football started tonight and Ephraim had his first flag football practice of the season. Where did the past 2 weeks go?
Ephraim had a pretty good first week of school, but I knew that we were in for it when he rolled over on Monday and told me he wasn’t going. I am not sure if has to do with the hard work or the long days. It also may have to do with kindergarten being more difficult than preschool. He was always king of the class in preschool and now I think he has been demoted to hard working peasant.
During his regular class time, he is doing well. He has gotten all “green” cards this week but in his K+ program he is really struggling. The report I got from the teacher is that Ephraim is having a “hard time keeping his hands to himself and following directions.” He also said that Ephraim likes to run as fast as he can and then throw himself on the rug and roll around. That vision kind of made me chuckle but regardless, he can’t be touching others so we had to come up with a BIG consequence that would lay down the law for the rest of the year.
We had a talk with Ephraim that is absolutely not acceptable to put our hands on other people and when we do that we will have a serious consequence. Ephraim understands consequences, he understands the rules but he is impulsive and sometimes the impulses just takes over his body like a gremlin. Unfortunately, for Eph, he received a yellow card yesterday and probably the most serious punishment he has ever had. My husband literally took every toy from his room and put it in the garage. He was left to sit on his bed from the time he got home till he went to church and then back to his room till bed. He was only allowed to look at his books.
It seems the consequence worked! Today’s note from the teacher read, “Ephraim had a great day at K+ today, he asked me to write you a note so that you would be proud of him.” Ahh, sweet baby, I am so proud of you. Mommy doesn’t need a note to be proud.
Now he has shown us that when he wants to he CAN do it. It will be our job to help him keep up the good work. Hopefully through our consistency he will learn that Mommy and Daddy will be here to help him tame the ADHD gremlins and we won’t give up.