Kindergartener drawing violent pictures

Bridget - posted on 08/20/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My little girl just started kindergarten this week on tuesday i thought everything was going well until yesterday she told me that the teacher told her to draw a picture of anything that she wants and she drew a somewhat violent picture. It was a drawing of a injured bird that had gotten stabbed accidently by a sword and the bird had no stomach also she told me there was alot of blood. But then she told me that she also a drew another bird to help the injured one. I am just concerned because that seems awfully violent for her age. and i'm also worried that the teacher might think that we are hurting heri n some way. has anyone ever been through anything similar with their children? thanks ahead of time for everyones advice :)

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Tarina - posted on 08/24/2011

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Im gonna be honest, sometimes kids just draw stuff. Keep an eye on what she watches on TV (Alot of cartoons are WAY more violent than we realize) and dont make a big deal out of this. A) Atleast she told you. B) The teacher didn't call you concerned. and C) You said your daughter loves animals and is a good little girl. Just let it be at that. The bird wasnt hurt on purpose (you said it was stabbed "accidentally" - and it had a good friend to help it! That seems like she is working out friendships and stuff through her drawings - Maybe she is feeling alittle hesitant about starting school and worried about making friends so she made her injured bird one instead? The mind of a young child is hardly an easy thing to figure out, but if she knows how much it upset you, it could alter her willingness to be honest with you in the future, so be careful how you handle it

Samantha - posted on 08/22/2011

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I haven't personally had this experience, and it sounds like it must be quite distressing for you. Kids come up with some pretty detailed stuff, could be there's something wrong, could be there isn't. I'd keep a close eye on how she goes, and on what she is watching/reading/playing. Did you see the picture, and did the teacher mention it to you at all? You do have the option of asking the teacher if you are concerned. In my experience being proactive and being seen to address issues/concerns as soon as they arise is the best way to avoid speculation that you might not be parenting her well. All the best with it.

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Bridget - posted on 08/24/2011

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Tarina- thanks that makes me feel better i have been worried about her but i do think she is ok i'll just keep a eye on her i have been monitoring what she is watching alot more and your right some of the stuff i didn't think was that violent is pretty bad so i have been eliminating some of it

Bridget - posted on 08/23/2011

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She has seen her little brother recover from surgery and a collasped lung but that was a long time ago. Also she herself has been in the hospital with low platelets and they had to do a bunch of blood work on her and she has been alittle off about stuff like that ever since. That happened over a year ago though. I have talked to her about it and she just pretty much would tell me that the bad guys hurt the bird and the other bird is helping it. thats all that she said and she knows that its not ok to hurt animals or anyone so i think that shes ok if it keeps up im going to look into it though

User - posted on 08/23/2011

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My granddaughter is pretty good at drawing out figures that depict what she is feeling inside...maybe your daughter is doing the same...showing that she's upset about something but then is able to rebound with the help of a stranger/friend. Or she saw someone who needed help and she was the one to help out...in any case, I'd talk with her about the picture...she may give you some insight as to what the picture really means.

Bridget - posted on 08/22/2011

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Samantha- no i have not actually seen the picture. I am going to talk to the teacher about it because i am concerned. Thanks for the advice :)

Bridget - posted on 08/21/2011

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No she does not have a smart phone or really play video games. She loves animals and is very gentle with them. Also she is a very happy kid and not aggresive at all. Now she was diagnosed with a autism spectrum disorder when she was younger but we were told that she was so social that she no longer met the criteria to be on the spectrum. They are now thinking that its ADHD but i just think she is to young to given so many diagnosis.

Davina - posted on 08/21/2011

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Does she by any chance play games on your smartphone? Some of the kids games out there are all about torturing animals (birds, cats, cows etc.)

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