So today my wife and I had a meeting with the school principal and counselor. Evidently my son had become something that his teacher could not handle and it required a meeting. Last Friday in a display of anger my son broke the teachers' wooden pointer stick over his knee. He explained it as holding the pointer over his head and grunting like the sandpeople did in Star Wars IV and then accidentally broke the stick.
My sons' teacher is one of those types that if writing his name on the board doesn't solve his problems then she is at a loss as to what to do. We once went to a parent-teacher conference and she had nothing positive to say about him, not one thing. All this adds up and leads him to come home and proclaim on numerous occasions that he is a bad boy and not worth anything. This from a seven year old.
So today between the four of us we came up with a solution; which is to show him more positive reinforcement. More pat on the backs and happygrams, that sort of crap.
For my wife's sake and sanity I hope it works. Because once I leave for Korea I predict it will only get worse.
Right now I'm preparing myself to go to Korea. I'm a little apprehensive about going, but I think that it's because I'm going to a place where a majority of the locals don't speak English. I know this won't be as big of an obstacle as I think its going to be, but it still nags me.
I should only be there for about a year and I plan on using my time to make some general improvements to my physical and mental well being, which may turn out to be a lot harder that normal due to the fact that imbibing of alcohol is a major past-time where I'm going to be. But I guess that will all depend on my self-contorl and discipline.