adjective \pri-ˈkō-shəs\
of a child : having or showing the qualities or abilities of an adult at an unusually early age

This is Brae. At least, according to his teachers. I must admit, I had to look it up when they told me this is how they would describe him. I didn’t know if they were giving me a compliment or not. (In truth, I still don’t know).

You see, since Brae started kindergarten, we have been in regular communication with his teachers. He throws pencils. He can use potty words. He has to be at the front of the line. His paper has to be on top.

The teacher has a “behavior” chart. Red is bad. Yellow is a warning. Green is good.

Guess where Brae has spent most of his kindergarten days.

When the teachers have called, asking for advice, I tell them the truth. Yes, he’s tired. He’s adjusting to a long day. Yes, he is very smart, and if you do not keep him occupied, he will act out. And, quite frankly, yes, he’s a 5-year-old boy with a big personality.

I don’t want to break his spirit. However, I also want him to get a job one day, get married, and stay out of prison.

So, we have been working on his behavior issues at home. I’m told things improved last week at school. “Improved” being the operative word. “Improved” meaning he still got removed from gym class because he couldn’t keep his hands to himself. “Improved” meaning he still got removed from music class for using potty words.


Dear Brae’s teachers, don’t you see what I still see?


One thought on “Precocious

  1. I can identify with you our son is 6 and also very precocious. One of the reasons we are homeschooling because he would be bored with the organized lass of 25 or more kids. He is always interested in moving around and doing. One thing we noticed at public school is that boys can not be as active as they need to be in those young grades anymore. Good luck trying to keep him from getting in trouble. Boys are very active and schools don’t have the means to address that anymore. Schools take the academics so seriously they forget about the need for movement and exercising those skills is just as important.
    I hope that your son will improve his behavior without getting his free adventurous spirit taken away by teachers who have to maintain control in a room full of active 6 yr olds.

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