Friday, August 24, 2007

Who's the Boss?

"You aren't the boss of me!"

You've heard this before and kids say it to each other all of the time. I was not impressed however, when my son said this to me the other night! I was sorely tempted to reply, "I AM SO the boss of you," but remained calm as I simply stated, "Yes, I am."

"No! My teacher told us today that we are the bosses of ourselves."

Ultimately, I can't argue with that statement. He is responsible for his own actions and the consequences that follow when he doesn't do the right thing. I am assuming that there was some discussion along these lines in class that day, too as I can't imagine a teacher surrendering authority to 25 first-graders!

He still had to pick up his clothes and go to bed.


jocelynka said...

I wonder how many former students I have had that have tried that same thing with their parents. I have no idea how many times I gave "you are the boss of yourselves, only you can make your decisions...etc." comments. Of course that was normally after they didn't do homework assignments or projects or something along those lines.

chosha said...

I still sometimes wonder if I'm the boss of me. *sigh*