About two years ago, we were talking to one of Monkey Man's teachers from The World's Most Expensive Preschool and she revealed a very interesting fact to us.
Monkey Man's MO at school is to look like he's not paying one bit of attention nor does he give a rat's ass what is going on - however, when you ask a question about what is being discussed, he is 100% in tune with what's going on. And always has the correct answer.
Huh, I thought. Sounds familiar. I used to do the same thing. Most likely because I could read already and I was freaking bored to death.
Fast forward to yesterday, when in a casual email about a room parent meeting (which is a whole other rant) I asked her how Monkey Man was doing. "He is having a little trouble in the classroom sitting on the carpet, keeping his eyes turned toward the lesson and not watching everyone else," she replied. In a separate email, she said, "The good thing is that he does know what is going on when called on. I hate to come down on him about it but the only problem is the other children watching and copying."
Hmmm. So he is paying attention, but not staring down the teacher?
He's just like his mama. And maybe his daddy, too.
The problem is, how do we conquer this? I've already tried appealing to his competitive nature by telling him he's a leader - and leaders do the best at everything they can, including being good listeners, well-behaved, blah blah blah. I think I saw the lightbulb go off - the kid hates not being #1 in everything (yikes) but will it stick?
Gah. It's going to be a long 13 years. But somehow, I can't get wound up about this. Is that wrong?