Kindergarten troubles - need advice
I hope I can hear from some people with similar experience, because my wife and I aren't sure what to do.
My son is six and in kindergarten. Lately, he's been getting into trouble at school - mainly for being "silly." He spit at another child (he insists the other boy spit at him first and that they were just joking around), and he acted disrespectfully to an adult who was visiting his class. We've gotten two calls from his teacher, who tells us she wants us to come in with him for a talk. And he's been sent to his principal's office.
The teacher (who my son says he likes) thinks our son is a very nice boy, but immature and overly inclined to joke around - he's the class clown, she tells us. She would like to nip this in the bud before he gets a "reputation" that he can't shake as he goes into first grade. I agree with her.
So far, we've taken away TV for a week, and of course, he was sent to the principal. Neither of these punishments seemed to bother him much. We've also tried positive reinforcement -for a while, his teacher gave him smily face stickers for having good days, and we gave him ice cream if he had three smily face days in a row. That seemed to work, but now we're back to square one.
Have any of you been in my shoes? If so, what seemed to work for you?