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    Default What are your thoughts on this comment by kindy teacher?

    Hi all,
    Just wanting some perspectives on something I heard my son's kindy teacher say this morning at drop off.

    A few of the kids were sitting down eating their morning tea. At this kindy the rule is fruit first when eating. One girl (lets call her L) asked the teacher to chop up her fruit, and some other kids were eating theirs too.

    L started to try and eat her yoghurt, teacher said fruit first please, L then started to get cranky, said she didnt want the fruit. The teacher said look we are all eating beautiful fruit, we need fruit for our brains, I have cut up your fruit don't waste it and so on.. L then started to whine a bit, arch her back on the chair (not so bad as to fall off though) and got a bit cranky I suppose. Not kicking and screaming tantrum or anything though.

    The teacher then turned away and said ' some one didn't get enough sleep over the weekend did they' with a bit of tone. Loud enough for the child to hear, and obviously I heard it too from about a metre away..

    I have no idea what this child is usually like, or whether she had been a bit of hard work so far this morning, but to me that comment seemed a bit off.. or not right I suppose?? Even immature maybe??

    The teacher is pretty friendly/ nice overall.

    What do you think of the comment? Would you say something to her? I wont as im very non confrontational and its not really a big 'issue' but Im thinking I should keep an ear out for this kind of thing..

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    Not very supportive, or helpful! There's a myriad of reasons little kids get cranky/frustrated.

    If they're only allowed fruit, then don't offer them the yogurt until later! Surely they can figure that out! I personally think they should have a choice though but that's just my opinion.

    I would think the comment stupid, but I wouldn't say anything. It would depend on how upset the child was I think.

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    Meh. I'd probably have a giggle and agree with her.

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    At our Kindy all the kids have their own luch boxes and are able to help themselves to whatever their parents have packed, but our kids are also told fruit first so I don't see that it's such a big deal that the Kindy teacher mentioned this, and like you said you have no idea what this child is usually like so if I was you unless it was your child I'd mind your own business sorry just my opinion.

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    I have never understood the whole you must eat food in a particular order. I find it really controlling...

    It's probably not the nicest thing she could have said but it's probably not something I would personally confront over.

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    Yep, they all have their lunchboxes out and choose whatever the want but they are strongly encouraged to eat their fruit first. I have no problem with her enforcing that, it just seemed a bit of a not nice thing to say in that tone and not really helpful to the cranky/upset child - something personally I would think in my head but not say.

    Not something im really worried about but just thought id see what others thought, thanks for the replies

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    No biggy, probably just making a joke to try to save her sanity

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    Quote Originally Posted by pukapuka88 View Post
    Yep, they all have their lunchboxes out and choose whatever the want but they are strongly encouraged to eat their fruit first. I have no problem with her enforcing that, it just seemed a bit of a not nice thing to say in that tone and not really helpful to the cranky/upset child - something personally I would think in my head but not say.

    Not something im really worried about but just thought id see what others thought, thanks for the replies
    Yeah I think the same. I wouldn't sweat it, but the way I think is that if I wouldn't appreciate being spoken to like that and in such a tone, then why is it ok to speak to kids like that?

    The kid would probably snap out of it much sooner if the carer had a warmer, more gentle or understanding approach anyway.

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    Too many unknowns. I know my children are more likely to have poor behaviour when tired or coming down ill.

    As a teacher I've had a child repeatedly fall asleep in class due to going to bed too late due to parents being out a lot. Other times children just find it hard to go to sleep sometimes.

    If the carer is their usual carer then they would know the child's usual behaviour - they obviously felt it was out of the norm. Difficult to comment on tone without being there - one would hope it was not inappropriate.

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    perhaps the mother of L had already told the carer that they had had a busy weekend, and the carer might have just been stating the fact. Or perhaps she was having a joke, like implying that the child had been out drinking over the weekend , and now was a bit over tired. like implying the child was an adult. I wouldn't take anything from it at all. too many possibilities that you are not aware of. totally not of any consequence. Marie.


 

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