son made to sit on the floor

Cindy - posted on 02/15/2016 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I wanted some advice as my 12 year old son came to me about a concern. He is in grade 7 and was telling another boy in his class not to do something he shouldn't be doing. The teacher then asked my son to come here and made him sit on the dirty floor beside him. I really don't know what to think of this punishment. Please tell me what your thoughts are if it were your son.
Thank you for any advice

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Jodi - posted on 02/16/2016

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" I did call the teacher and talked to him about letting my son use the bathroom and not making him wait as usual."

Can I ask if your child has a bladder problem? At 12, they are more than capable of regulating their bathroom habits to recess and lunch breaks. Personally, I don't deny bathroom breaks, but I can tell you that if I have a kid who is constantly asking to go, I DO talk to the parent and suggest they may like to check out the bladder or bowel issue. Your son needs to learn to go during break times. Either that, or you get a doctor's note stating that this is an issue for him, in which case he won't be denied. But the AVERAGE 12 year old has more control that that. If the doctor has said he is fine, then you need to stop babying your child and tell him to step up.

"I told him you get more bees with honey, and for this week to be on your best behavior if anyone talks to you do not talk back to them do your work, pay attention and ask lots of questions and see if things change."

Um, shouldn't this be his attitude all the time? If he hasn't been doing this, then what HAS his behaviour been?

Michelle - posted on 02/16/2016

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I agree with the other ladies. You should talk to the teacher if you are that worried about it. Jodi's scenario sounds like what probably happened.
I know my children won't tell me the whole story, just what happened to them. I usually have to ask them what they did to deserve it, then I get told the whole truth.

Jodi - posted on 02/15/2016

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I would say that the teacher had already asked the students to stop talking and your son continued. But I wasn't there, I can't say. Generally, the teacher wouldn't ask a child to do something unreasonable. What kind of floor was it and how dirty? If he was in the classroom, those floors are cleaned each day. It can't have been that dirty. In my experience, kids aren't great at telling the full story of what happened. If it were my son, I'd ask more specific questions around it, and maybe even ask the teacher if it distressing your son that much.

Sarah - posted on 02/15/2016

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There are two sides to every story and the truth usually falls somewhere in between. I'd start by talking to the teacher. Is this a routine punishment in the classroom?

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