Michelle - posted on 11/14/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )
My 5 year old son is in his first semester of kindergarten. He is having problems keeping his hands to himself (which causes the teacher to "move his bus" almost every single day) and paying attention. I've been in constant communication with his teacher and volunteer in the classroom each week. I feel that even though my son's behavior hasn't changed, I've gained a strong rapport with the teacher and have good communication.
However, yesterday my son got sent to the principal's office from the bus driver. I wasn't made aware of this until I went to put him on the bus this morning and she had him get back off. Then, she told me about his behavior. I scolded him quickly (still trying to take it all in and avoiding too much in front of classmates and siblings) put him on the bus and told her I'd talk to her when she dropped him off.
Since then, I've been emailing the principal and he informed me Jack was back in his office this morning. He did sort of downplay my son's behavior problem (possibly not knowing how distracted he is on a daily basis) but I am truly concerned.
A little bit of background: In March 2011, my son was diagnosed with epilepsy and is taking Trileptal & Lamictal. In May 2011, his dad and I got divorced. We both moved that summer. Both is father and I entered a new relationship that led to future step-mom moving in with dad and (due to my stubbornness on not moving again) my fiance & his 3 kids moved in with us. Now, dad and stepmom are living with grandma while they build their house. We have 50/50 custody arrangements. I stay at home now so I provide any before/after school care for all 4 kids, regardless of who's week it is. However, my ex doesn't have my son here much during his week.
Please don't post about all the transitions my son has been through in a derogative way. Trust me, I have beat myself up over it enough.
I'm only looking for advice on ways to address his behavior at school. I'm open to suggestions.