Thursday, January 15, 2009

Preschool Parent Teacher Conferences Are Full of Surprises


Apparently I have another child that I didn't know about.

My wife and I had our very first parent-teacher conference at my daughter's preschool. I must admit when her teacher first mentioned it, I did get a little nervous. The first thing that came to mind was "Uh-oh", followed by "parent-teacher conference for... preschool?"

I sat in a little chair, trying to balance uncomfortably on one cheek, not knowing what exactly to expect. Then it dawned on me: how does my daughter behave when we're not around? Is she repeating stuff? What exactly?
My mind kept wandering expecting to hear something from her teacher like, "your daughter keeps kicking the other kids out of the plastic playhouse saying it's foreclosed...", "She's been teaching everybody how to sing Tom Jones song 'What's New Pussycat'", "You know, Pirates of the Caribbean isn't a movie for preschoolers" (for the record, it was only the first 20 minutes), "Blackjack isn't a good way to teach counting", or worse "we think you eat too much KFC" (for the record - impossible.)

After her teacher looked at a paper for what seemed like 10, maybe 40 minutes, she began:

Miss Teacher: I didn't know you had another child?

Me/Wife: (simultaneously) What?

MT: Your daughter talks about him all the time...
(I look at my wife in as if saying,"is there something you're not telling me woman!")

MT: (continued) ...she says how cute and funny he is. And how he's not a big kid like she is and... how you throw him in the closet at dinnertime...

(why do they always look at the dad?)

Me: What? She knows we throw him in the basement.



My daughter's friends, classmates, and cousins all have younger siblings that have been born recently and she hears the stories, feels the pressure and wants one too. Her "baby brother" usually has the same name of her friends' or cousins' siblings. At school she's created some art of her, us, and a baby brother. I must admit we've seen one before and didn't think much of it, but seeing more of it really got to me.
Afterwards, we talked about school, family's, siblings, and bugs she saw at the playground. I had mentioned that she'll have a baby brother or sister one day, she'll just have to wait. And then I added, "Maybe when you get better at Blackjack."


29 comments:

Artist Unplugged said...

She is so blessed.....she has the ability to see imaginary family! In the very far, far, far distant future she can make her in-laws be whatever she wants them to be! Or, just be a mime. I am familiar with that flash panic before the teacher speaks as to just what type of behavior will be revealed. I suppose she's too young for the reasoning that she may not have a little brother but she will "always have Paris!"

Super Mega Dad said...

I have never heard of a parent teacher conference at a preschool before, but I've learned to dread them in "big kid" school. Something about those little chairs and desks really make you feel like the kid at the principals office again. :)

Whit said...

So which cousin gets thrown in the closet?

Awesome Mom said...

Lol!!! Maybe you had better get on that little brother order.

Amrita said...

In India parent-teacher conf. start even before the kid is born LOL.
You kids can really add to your education!!!

furiousBall said...

i have a cousin that was in pre-k and she had convinced the teacher she spoke no english for a week. when her mom came to pick her up one evening, they were talking really loud and slow to her. and then mom foiled the ruse.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Sometimes I worry that my cholesterol goes up just reading your posts about KFC.

That girl better work on blackjack.

painted maypole said...

you'd be surprised the things we preschool teachers hear. we promise not to believe everything your child says about you if you promise not to believe everything they say about us and school ;)

creative-type dad said...

furiousBall -- That's hilarious!!

painted maypole -- She really doesn't tell us too much about what the teacher says only other kids.

Whit -- Off hand, I can think of about 4.

Amrita -- Wow, that is early.

kittenpie said...

wow, that is some powerful wishing!

Guess you'd better bring home a bucket of KFC, put on some Lionel, and get the romance flowing some night soon, huh?

Mr Lady said...

That. Is. Hysterical.

If she only knew....

Zoe said...

LMAO we had preschool conferences too. i always wondered if i had another child because they spoke of mine being so well behaved it couldn't possibly be him!!!

dennis said...

Downstairs where the mushroom people grow?

I should stop reading bradbury...

Denguy said...

Hah, that must have been a fun meeting.

creative-type dad said...

kittenpie --- How did you know...?

Denguy --- I'm glad her teacher has a good sense of humor.
You need some of that when working with preschoolers.

Zoe --- I think we all wonder that.

Rich said...

Throw the baby in the closet at dinnertime. Never thought of that! That would definitely make for a more peaceful dinner. Can't wait for our first parent/teacher meeting. No doubt it will be just as funny.

Mac and Cheese said...

Hey! I throw my imaginary kids in the closet too!

Amrita said...

The other day I saw a TV program where pre-school parents were wondering why they were asked strange questions when they went for the admission interview.
Questions like

What kind of birth did the kid have ...c-section or normal

What were his first words

When did he take his first steps

What kind of car do you drive etc etc.

This is India

Super Mega Dad said...

Creative-Type Dad,
I have really been enjoying your blog, I've placed an award for you on my site.

Thanks for the awesome posts!

betamom said...

I'd say that you should try and take another tax deduction for her "baby brother". If the IRS shows up asking questions, just say the baby's in the basement.

When Beta Boy was three he drew a picture of his house and his family - there we all were, including my mother who he said "we keep in the cellar".

April said...

When my oldest son was in preschool, he told the teacher I hit him over the head with a baseball bat. And that I killed our dog. Yeah, good times.

Redneck Mommy said...

Dude. Sounds like you may need to get er, busy making that kid a sibling.

Coachdad said...

I am a single father and love to teach and play Texas Hold'em poker with them. I have a 4-year-old who already knows the A Q is a hand that will get you in trouble in the long run. Love your site...as a single dad who writes a blog, it is nice to find other men doing it as well.

HappyHourSue said...

LOL- I routinely say to my 2nd grader "DON'T repeat that." But something always slips through. Yesterday at the dinner table she announced "I told Mrs. Swidey that you said when they kill you in jail because you did something bad that they tie you up with tape and shoot you."

For the record, I said tie you DOWN and give you a shot.

Sue said...

You crack me up.

'nuff said.

Healing Jake said...

Thanks for posting your blogs! My baby is very ill and when I get sad, I come and read your blog for a little pick me up. Peace!

creative-type dad said...

HappyHourSue -- That's weird.. because I do tell my kid that they kill you in jail because you did something bad and that they tie you up with tape and shoot you.

Coachdad -- Impressive! One of these days we'll need to have our kids play each other...with saved allowance and Birthday money.

April -- Wow. Poor dog.

Super Mega Dad -- Thanks!!

Daddy Geek Boy said...

I'm new around here. Great post.

So when you made the joke, did your wife roll her eyes and quickly dismiss you and your comment in front of the teacher? Cause that's what usually happens to me.

creative-type dad said...

Daddy Geek Boy -- YES!

And then I got a good talking to in the car.