No Playing in Preschool
My daughter’s new to the whole school scene this year so we like to interrogate her when she gets dismissed from her daily 2 1/2 hour ordeal. We ask open-ended questions like What’d you do today, What did you learn, Is your teacher a bitch, and What kids did you play with.
Her answer to the last question floored me.
“Kids are not supposed to play with other kids in preschool.”
It kind of inferred an answer to question number three until my daughter revealed the origin of this edict through further prodding, er questioning.
“Who said that kids aren’t supposed to play with kids?” I asked.
“I did,” she said. “Kids are only supposed to play with toys by themselves at preschool.”
There had to be more to this so I asked a leading question.
“Did one of your teachers say this?”
“No, Daddy. I came up with this by myself.”
“Are you sure that your teacher didn’t say this while she was screaming at the class?” I asked innocently.
“No Daddy, the teacher doesn’t scream at the class, she talks nicely.”
After some reassurance my wife and I convinced her that it’s okay to play with other kids at preschool and that in fact her teacher’s not a bitch and I really need to accept the fact that my little girl’s in someone else’s capable hands part of the day. At least it’s only part of the day… for this year at least.