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?