Gavin has really been acting out quite a bit lately. Not following directions at home and at pre school, stomping around when he can't have his way, and just simply deciding that he is not going to do what he's told. It's been quite a challenge. I talked to his teacher and it she has decided to give us daily behavior reports and seems he's on one day and off another. I have been trying all kinds of things. After speaking with his pediatrician a few weeks ago she suggested "hitting the kid where it hurts" by taking away some of the things he enjoys in an effort to teach him consequences to his actions. Well he was schedule to go to a local orchard and pumpkin patch with his class today and yesterday his daily report was a sad face. Not only am upset with Gavin because he knows better, I am totally embarrassed!
So we decided Gavin would not be able to go on his trip today. I still felt horrible about about it all day today. We explained it to him and he was sad, but I really believe he got it. I think he understood why he could not go to the pumpkin patch today. The thing is we usually visit the same orchard every fall as a family, so eventually he will be going, but it did not stop the fact that I felt sad for him and bad for punishing him. I guess this is what my mother meant when she said this will hurt me more than it hurts you.