When it comes to our children, we parents are really good at finding things to worry about aren’t we? I’m sure the media doesn’t help. If I see one more article with the headline ‘Is your child too…?’ I am going to…um…not read it. We don’t need any help to worry about our kids thank you very much, but the media gleefully continues to pathologise the slightest deviation from the generic.
So we either worry about our child because he is:
‘really odd, not like the other kids. He doesn’t seem to fit in. He gets everything wrong. I’m sure they all think he’s strange’
or we worry because:
‘He’s so influenced by his peers. He doesn’t seem to have a mind of his own. He can’t seem to resist peer-pressure. I just want him to be himself.’
This week, after a few months of the Positive Behaviour Alert emails from my daughter’s school entering my inbox at a steady rate of one a week (‘I’m really worried about my daughter, I think she might be TOO good…’) I finally received a solemn notification that she had been LOGGED for bad behaviour, and had her camera confiscated. Reading the email with growing delight, I exclaimed to Oldest Son ‘Hey, guess what, Daughter has been logged for FILMING A SUPPLY TEACHER..!!’
We both collapsed helpless with laughter. ‘HIGH FIVE!’ he yelped with mirth, ‘WAY TO GO!’ (Or something like that. He’s not actually American).
When Daughter got home I spluttered ‘I got an email! You’ve been LOGGED! Your camera has been…’
Collapsed in giggles she pointed across the room. There was her camera, sitting in full view on the table.
‘It wasn’t my camera mum. And it wasn’t me’
‘But you were INVOLVED..?’
‘Yeah, but it wasn’t me who actually did it’
‘Could you just pretend it was..?’
When we’d stopped hanging on to each other shaking with helpless mirth, tears streaming down our faces, she set off for her room and as she went in she said airily ‘Told you you shouldn’t take any notice of the emails they send from school mum’.
Maybe I should just stop worrying.