Thanks for all the advice on potty training. I once had Junior sit in his mess till he got tired of it--wouldn't you know, he didn't mind at all. I had to put him outside at one point in the backyard, and he played nicely on the back porch while sitting in his own feces, singing happily. He must get his stubbornness from his father.
I have tried making him clean himself up, but probably not as regularly as I should, so I'm going to give that a shot again. He did it a few times and was happy as a lark.
My new problem is bullying.
My dear sweet Abs, who we have all come to know and love, has been bullied since the beginning of school. I have fought with the school non-stop, demanding that they do something, and they always point it back to Abs, which 95% of the time is not the case.
Yesterday things came to a head when "he" attacked her and shoved her down. Now I realize that these are 4th graders and that stuff like this happens (although being a 2nd grade teacher, my students knew better than to do anything to hurt anyone). But, this has been consistently happening, although more on the harassment level--you're stupid, you're dumb, you're ugly, anything that he can say to cut her down.
The physical was more than I could handle, and I fired off an email demanding a response from them. Their solution was to keep Abs out of her specials classes and therefore keep them separated. Really? She's not the problem.
I have had Abs moved, against her will. That will probably backfire on me, but I couldn't let her deal with that anymore, and it was obvious that the school wasn't going to do anything. The problem is that Abs loves the school, and I like that they are challenging her, but then there is this problem.
I'm frustrated. It shouldn't be this hard to protect your child. Any suggestions?