Friday, April 20, 2007

Sticks And Stones

Anytime I'm with Eason in a playground, beach or anyplace where there are other kids playing, and Eason picks up a large stick or a rock, I always tell him to put it down right away. I always think "that's an accident waiting to happen."

Funny enough, one day we were at the beach and Eason picked up a rock. I told him to put it down, but Aviva interjected mentioning that he likes to collect them in his bucket.

Anyhow, the other day I was at in the playground at Eason's school. It was after class and there were a bunch of kids their with their parents. One kid walks into the playground swinging a long branch. His mom is sitting on the bench in the playground. I think, "when his mom sees this, she'll say something." He proceeds into the playground swinging the branch. He swings it right in front of where his mom and some other moms are sitting. He starts whacking it against a table and it starts breaking apart, with pieces flying off in different directions. All this time, the mom doesn't say a thing. I thought it was unbelievable.

I've noticed that this type of tolerance in this particular mom and a few others is pretty standard. Its no wonder that their kids are the ones that consistently get cited for behavior problems.

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