DSM: Re: Adult interference

From: Warren McMillan (warren@bmts.com)
Date: Thu May 31 2001 - 20:21:07 EDT


Hey, Liz... that was stupid!

Sorry... just struck me funny and I couldn't resist it. Forgive me.

Warren
----- Original Message -----
From: Liz Reid&Errol Strelnikoff <lizanderrol@home.com>
To: <discuss-sudbury-model@sudval.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2001 2:43 PM
Subject: DSM: Adult interference

> Six-year-olds seem to like words like stupid. At least stupid has been
> coming up in our world a lot lately. Aaron (6) says to brother Sasha
> (4), "you're stupid!" Sasha wails,"I'm not stupid!" Mom (me) says,
> "stupid, what a great word. S-T-U-P-I-D that's how you spell it. I'm
> stupid, you're stupid, he's stupid, we're stupid, stupid, stupid,
> stupid, stupid (sung to the tune of Battle Hymn of the Republic or any
> other favorite tune.) "Shut up Mom!" both kids at once.
>
> The word disapears from life for a few days. Little Colleen (5), a
> friend, runs up to me, "Aaron called me stupid." Me: "Yes that is one
> of his favorite words. It is spelled S-T-U-P-I-D and we often like to
> sing songs with that word in it..." Song isn't sung as Colleen has
> already lost interest and gone back to play.
>
> Same incident happens at school a few days later involving different
> kids. I don't know what is happening to these other kids after this,
> but the word has run it's course in our lives. I wonder what word will
> be next.
>
> What an interfering adult I am. I could have played the role they
> expected of me and they would still have been able to tease each other
> with their great word and I, the angry adult telling them to stop, could
> keep the fun going. Or if we were in a Sudbury School I could have
> recommended that it go to the JC. Instead I took the fun out of it.
> This must be the heighth of manipulation. I shall have to restrain
> myself next time.
>
> Liz
>
>
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