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Discipline at School

My 6yr old son got in trouble at school yesterday. He lost his temper and squished a girl's finger with a cup on the work table. I was horrified that he hurt another child and embarrassed about his behavior. Thankfully his teacher called me from school, so I had a few hours to think about an effective discipline tool.

After talking through the situation and determining a better course of action for future interactions, I told my son that he needed to write an apology letter to the girl and the teacher (long tedious work for a kindergartner, but he's capable of it). His other consequence was no TV or computer for the whole day (a definite favorite of his).

But I struggled to know what was appropriate. At home discipline is easier, because it's immediate. But disciplining 5 hours after the incident is much more complicated. If anyone has ideas, I'd love to hear them!


Meredith said…
Ann, I am so relieved to read this. Andrew got in trouble this week for throwing a book at a classmate and then squashing someone's finger with a block--usually he has near-perfect behavior.

Is there something in the air?

Our consequences were exactly the same as yours. Written letter to teacher and student, followed by no tv for a week and loss of computer time if another incident occurs.

Knowing you made similar choices makes me feel SO much better.
Audrey had an incident at school last year--we did apology notes too. To the other girl--and her mother. It was hard for Audrey but helped her put down on paper exactly what she did and that she was sorry and to ask for forgiveness.

It's so hard.

We also prayed consistently for Audrey's relationship for the other girl--for God to help them get along, for him to point out things they have in common, for him to build a friendship between them.


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