you, and that they are the ones making the rules. Your rules don’t really matter if you don’t care about them.When the child said he hated me and school I immediately said, “But I love you,and the school wouldn’t be the same if you weren’t here.”I then asked him why he dropped his friend off the teeter-totter when he knewwhat the rules were. He just sat there and ignored me. So I asked him again.He again didn’t answer. So I said, “I guess you’re not ready to talk to me, youcan stay on time out until you’re ready to answer my question.”He just sat there and got angry all over again.
he just sat there
He did not try to get up again because of how Ihandled the situation mentioned earlier. He knew he was not in charge of beingable to get up when he wanted.When he had calmed down I went over and asked him again why he dropped hisfriend off the teeter-totter when he knew what the rules were. He again ignoredme. I didn’t bother asking a second time. This time I didn’t say anything further, I just walked away. He got all upset again so I left him to settle down.He finally said to me, I’m ready to talk now. But this time I said to him, “I’m notready now. I came up to talk to you twice and you ignored me. I will come backwhen I feel ready again.” He didn’t make much of a fuss this time. He just kindof crossed his arms and huffed and puffed.When I saw he was all calm again I went over and said, “Are you ready to getthis over with?” He said, “Yes.” As I was talking to him he was looking on theground and looking behind me and looking at the wall. So I said, “Please look atme when I am talking to you so I know you are paying attention.” He refused todo so. So I said, “I guess I will leave again and come back when you are readyto look at me when I talk.”He said, “No, I’m ready, I’m ready.”So I asked him, “Why did you jump off of the teeter-totter and let your friend fallto the ground?” He said, “Because it’s fun.” I replied, “It may
fun but wouldit be fun if it happened to you?” He said,”No.” I explained again what thedangers of getting hurt by doing this were. He looked at me while I spoke to himand when I was done I asked him to repeat what the dangers were.He repeated them to me. I said to him, “We have these rules because we loveall of you and don’t want any of you to get hurt.” I then said he could go play withhis friends.