"Was he ok today?" I asked.
"No, he got moved to yellow," she responded. They have a behavior system where the kids all start off on green. If they misbehave or the teacher has to tell them to stop doing something, they're moved to yellow. If the behaviors continue, they're moved to red and a parent is notified.
"Ugh. What did he do today?" I asked resignedly.
"He couldn't keep his hands to himself. He's very touchy, isn't he?"
"Hands on, yep, he's a hands on, into everything, kinda guy."
"When I warned him that I was going to have to give you a call, he told me that I couldn't call you because you were at Sea World."
"Sea World???" Where does he come up with this stuff? sigh "OK, I'll talk to him again," I promised.
On the way home, I asked him what was going on. He told me, "Well, the kids at school just bug me."
"Honey, people bug me too, but I don't walk around touching them or hitting them. And it didn't sound like kids were bugging you today. It sounded like you were bugging them."
"Why did you tell your teacher that I was at Sea World?" I wondered.
"So she wouldn't call you," duh came his answer.
"Lying is NEVER a good idea. NEVER. Your teacher still told me what you did at school and now she knows that you lied about me being at Sea World. Lies ALWAYS make things worse. ALWAYS."
So this year I'm the parent of one of those kids. Clay has always been a busy kid. As long as he's got something to keep his interest, he's great. When he gets bored, watch out. I'm resorting to bribery right now. I told him he'd get a treat if he stayed on green and his teacher told me that he behaved well tomorrow. I'm off to Costco to buy a giant thing of M&Ms. Hopefully he'll earn a handful tomorrow. We'll see.