Max stopped his spoonful of Cinnamon Toast Crunch halfway to his mouth and announced, “I’m tired of being good and staying on green at school. I feel like running through the school like crazy, so I’m going to be on red today.”
“Why would you want to do that?” I asked.
“Being on green is too hard. I just want to be bad,” he answered very honestly. “Forget about the water park.” (We promised a reward if he could stay on green until his first report card.)
“Well,” I cautiously answered, “you could do that. You could run around like crazy and have a little bit of fun, but then you would get in big trouble at school. Or, you could be good at school and have a whole lot of fun when we celebrate your good behavior. It’s totally your choice.”
He resumed his breakfast without answering.
On the way to school, he made a different announcement. “I’m not going to be on green today, I’m going to be on blue or purple!”
Kendra gasped. “That’s so hard to do! Green is good, but you have to do something EXTRA good to get on blue or purple! It’s practically impossible!”
Max nodded. “Yep, I’m not going to be on green. I’m going to be blue or purple.”
“Well,” I said, “if you do that, Daddy and I would be so proud! We would definitely do something special to celebrate that tonight!” With that, I kissed them goodbye and dropped them off.
After school I picked them up from Grandmom’s house, and both of the kids were just bursting to give me the good news – Max was on blue today!!
Max was absolutely beaming when he told me about singing a counting song in music class so well that his music teacher wrote a note to his teacher complimenting him on his outstanding job. That was just the kind of extra good behavior that bumped him out of green and right into blue. To think that last week he was strategizing about how to get out of singing at school altogether, it seemed impossible that he would have made such an impression on his music teacher.
Needless to say, we celebrated tonight. Max wanted to go to our favorite playground, so we did. What a relief to hear Max talk about school with pride and enthusiasm! This day will mark a change in his outlook about kindergarten. He had a goal, and he accomplished it. And it wasn’t even an easy goal! He has a bit of confidence now, and it will grow a little bit each day.
This was definitely worth celebrating!
- Max’s thoughts on week 1 (mandyholbert.com)