I had a 5 year old in my Kindergarten classroom start crying today. When I asked her what was wrong, through tears she said, “I don’t like it when you tell me what to do!” I didn’t let on that I thought this was quite funny and that this young lady had A LOT to learn about school. Children arriving at my Kindergarten doorstep from homes where they are allowed to do whatever they want, whenever they want, struggle with adult authority at school. With a class of 25 in the morning, and another 25 in the afternoon, I have to work hard in September and early October to set high standards of behavior and rule following for the children. Once these are in place, the children realize all they have to do is follow the rules and we will all have a wonderful year together. Every class has one or two children that think the rules apply only to their classmates and definitely not to them. Please ensure that your child understands that at home, you are in charge and that at school, the teacher is in charge and there is no arguing about it. When you allow your child to question your authority at home, he/she feels that they are entitled to question all adults that they come in contact with during the day. Once 5 and 6 year olds figure out not to argue with the teacher, a great foundation will be in place for many happy future school years.