My son has a friend who, when he went to our daycare, was always in trouble. Now, at his new daycare, he gets in trouble for being the class clown. His mom talks alot about it. Meanwhile, I do think people over react, but that’s just me. I don’t see him at daycare obviously. When I do see him, my son is usually worse behaved; it’s just my good luck that he’s very good at school.
Well, this weekend we had a party with one of those bouncy houses. This little boy came with his dad and, let me tell you, he was completely below the radar. He didn’t fight, he didn’t get hurt, he didn’t use his hands, he didn’t make a mess. He was better than most of the kids, not just better than usual. So, I told the mother this via e-mail. Her reply gave me the vibe that she was insulted: “You are so kind to report back to me about my son’s behavior” was the opening line. Then she did go on to talk about other things. I don’t know, what do you think? Should I have not said anything? It’s a given that I could be reading things into it that aren’t there. But, was it bad to give her an unsolicited good report because it makes the assumption that he’s usually bad?