Many times on here, I tend to over share more about Lily, because she is the more loud and definitely more crazy of my two children.
For god sakes, even her laugh is ridiculous and actually has my mom and I convinced that she has my grandfather’s laugh (my mom’s dad). He literally had this laugh that was so memorable and when he passed away I never thought I would hear it again. Honestly, this made me so very sad when we lost him all those years ago.
Then, Lily came about and that laugh is now back in my life!
But I digress and want to over share about Emma today.
Don’t let Emma fool you she may be the quieter of my two, but she sometimes can be very strong and independent. Two qualities I not only admire, but am so proud of her for.
I was a lot like Emma as a child and was the quiet, shy and reserved little girl, who was always thinking things through before acting, unlike Lily who just does it and then gets upset later.
But every once in awhile Emma’s independent streak proves to override her pensive quality and she reacts.
About a week ago, I picked up Emma from school. One of her two teachers pulled me aside in the hall to tell me two stories from the 2 1/2 hours that she was in school that day.
The first was during the time that the children were learning to write the letter “O”. See they are working on the circular type letters and this week it was “O”, which to Emma is a circle, which she thinks she not only knows the shape, but how to draw, too.
During this time she was practicing, but apparently the teacher tried to offer help and guidance. Independent Emma struck and pushed the teacher’s hand away. When the teacher confronted her and asked her why, quiet Emma took hold and wouldn’t give much of an answer.
So, the teacher asked her if she could do the “O” by herself and Emma sheepishly said, “No.”
The teacher then told her that is why she was trying to help her and if she did know how to do it, then to just tell the teacher, but to please not push her hand away, because that action wasn’t very nice.
I was told Emma looked like she wanted to cry and the teacher felt so bad, she backed off then so as not to upset her.
A little while later the kids were playing and the teacher caught petite, “little Emma” (how she is known in school), kicking a boy in her class.
Of course, the teacher asked Emma why she did this and quiet Emma once again took hold and wouldn’t answer, but started to cry hysterically. She was told that this wasn’t nice, but then again the teacher felt awful that “little Emma” was crying.
I told the teacher, she was right and that both instances Emma was indeed wrong and I would talk to her. I don’t want her to be fresh to her teacher nor do I want her hurting another one of her classmates physically. So, I knew I had to get to the bottom of this.
And I did just that when we got home and explained how both behaviors were “Not Nice” (Lily’s words) and that sometimes we need help. Also, that she should definitely not kick or raise her hand to anyone else in her class ever, because if someone did that to her, how would she feel?
She said that she would cry and feel bad. I also told her that this little boy’s (yes she kicked a boy a bit bigger then her) mom would probably not want her playing with her son anymore if she did this again.
She never told me why she kicked the little boy, but I did get why she pushed her teacher’s hand away out of her, because she wanted to do it herself. Again, I reiterated that the teacher was only trying to help her and that she needs to tell the teacher if she feels she doesn’t need help, not push her hand away.
However, Kevin got it out of her why she kicked this little boy when he got home that night. The reason, for her aggression, was plain and simple, he had been being mean to both her other girl cousins (in her class) and she was sticking up for them.
This little, skinny nothing who at 4 years old barely weighs 30 lbs, soaking wet took it upon herself to stick up for her cousins, who in her eyes are her friends and were being treated mean by this little boy.
Now, I know she shouldn’t kick or hit anyone, but somewhere my inner, bitchy, independent self was just a bit proud of her. She really is such a brave, strong little girl, who clearly could hold her own, when she needs to. Again not advocating her physically hurting anyone, but in a way it was nice to know she could totally hold her own if she needed.
In the end, I knew I had to over share here a bit about Emma, because it was truly long overdue!
By the way, today’s October Daily challenge #17 had me raiding my archives and re-posting something that I would want you all to read. So click here for a flashback Emma post from last year at pre-school to catch up more with her now.
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