Well, it happened...the teacher met me at the car on Friday...with a very unhappy look on her face I might add. She said "We have a problem. The stamp that is on his hand is NOT from today. It's from yesterday." (He gets a stamp whenever he has a good day and doesn't have to "pull sticks.")
"Oh boy..." I'm thinking..."What has he done!?" (Braxton is not generally a bad kid and definitely not a rule breaker, at least outside of our home). So I said "Ok..."
The teacher continues "We have talked about this many times, I promise, that we only cut...(she looks at Braxton very teachery) PAPER.
"Whew! That's it!" I'm thinking.
"Show mom what you did. (Braxton reveals a 1/4 inch cut at the bottom of his t-shirt.) It makes me very sad and I know it makes your mom very sad too."
"Uh-uh..." I say in my most convincing voice as I try to hold back a smile. Then I proceed to tell her that I've been meaning to talk to her because Braxton is still having problems on the playground. So we agree to make an appointment for next week. I thank her and she goes inside.
I turn around and look at Braxton and ask him "Why did you cut your shirt?" He responds "I don't know." So I say it again. He responds, "Mom, I don't know!" and the tears start flowing.
Ok, so is it me or was that a little over the top? Of course, I would never let Braxton know that because I want him to respect his teacher, but seriously.... First of all the purpose of the stamp is to let me know whether or not he had a good day. I knew he still had the one on from yesterday. It didn't come off in the bathtub. You would think that would be enough, not to mention I would notice the cut on the front of his shirt. Or she could even send a note home if necessary, really anything other than a dramatic walk out to the car the 2nd week of school for an already emotional kindergartener would have been sufficient. I don't know. Maybe it's just me...I would have walked out the girl whose hair got cut (not by Braxton)and explained that to her mom...
I do think if I ever go back to teaching, I'll be a better teacher since becoming a mom. I'll be much more sympathetic to the kids.