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Behaviour Starting Prep Help
Submitted by Admin (06-11-2012)
My 5 year son just started Prep and he has shocked me with his attitude. He will say no to the Teacher if he doesn't want to do something. He will answer back to her and has thrown a tantrum in the class lasting up to an hour....he finds it difficult to get himself out of it and then refuses to follow instructions.
The Teachers ask if he a defiant boy...I am shocked to think of my son in this way. He can be stubborn and does have attitude (not any more than any other 5 year old), but defiant is certainly not a defining quality.
I have no issues with him at home, he follows my instruction and routines well. I do not believe he is disrespectful to me at home but he appears confident to be so with his Teacher.
He is a calm boy that is known for his strong empathy towards others, feels most comfortable with children younger than him and usually takes on a caring role...very affectionate boy but can self-doubt and be low in confidence.
He is very observant of his environment and will test those around him. He is very emotional and needs to feel connected to his carers and peers.
What am I missing? What can I do? Is this normal settling in issues or is it a bigger problem? He has had lots of days where the Teacher has said that he has been excellent and overall his behaviour is improving...