By misfitunfit - 12/03/2015 20:50 - United States - San Francisco
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Op here, definitely looking into a new program for him! At first this one seemed great but now I realize they're super uptight.
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I would think he is just playing around pretending he is a dog, often you see children pretending to be a dog or copying them when they grow up with them , do you even own a dog?
But is it normal to "incessantly" bark at people and not stop even when asked? Bear in mind that the counsellors and other staff at the school will be very experienced with kids so are unlikely to mistake simple playing for concerning behaviours that requires him to be taken out of school.
I used to do this all the time as a kid. We never got a dog but I used to ask for one every day and I often pretended to be one. And yeah, I sometimes barked, growled, scratched when I was having a tantrum or didn't want to work. I know, I was an annoying kid. But it's not that uncommon behaviour overall. He was probably having fun and didn't want to stop.
41- it's completely normal for a preschooler to do this. My friend and I use to put her little sister on a leash and we would walk her around the block because she wanted to be a dog. I use to work in a daycare and saw all sorts of things. This would just be a funny story to tell one day.
My niece does this. We have 3 dogs, and when I come home from work and she's anywhere near the front door, she will bark at me. She'll even get down on all fours. If you do something to make her mad, she'll growl at you. I wouldn't worry about it at a young age.
That's honestly kind of adorable. Annoying, but nonetheless adorable
Dude, it's completely normal. I played pretend all the time when I was a kid as all types of animals. Dogs, cats, horses, etc. I even had a turkey vulture phase when I fell in love with one at the zoo. Hell, I'm 28 and I still sometimes "play dog" when I'm playing with my dog.
At least he wasn't in high school! Besides, I think many kids go through a stage in life where they pretend to be animals. Annoying? Yes. Strange? Probably not!
Alright, well past the obvious puns and suggestions of child abuse in a couple of the previous comments, I think you should definitely sit down and talk to your son. It's okay to pretend but there are appropriate places for that type of behavior and a classroom isn't one of them.
C'mon! The kid is in PRESCHOOL. His brain isnt even developed enough to comprehend such complicated terminology and subject matter. The kid was having a rough day. His mom should ask him whats wrong and what she can do to help him not sit him down and give him a lecture that he won't understand.
I don't see the concern here. honestly if my kid did that he'd get a high five. I might be a little biased since I too growl at people I don't like.
Then don't have a child yet. Yes the behavior is usual but it's not one to encourage. There are times for pretending and he needs to learn them. I did a lesser form, mostly growling and purring, sometimes in school but it was almost always in breaks where it wouldn't disrupt anything.