Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Conflict Manager

There is something in the kids' school that you can become in fourth grade called "Conflict Manager." A conflict manager is chosen by your class at the end of the third grade year and they do a little training in the summer and then in fourth grade at recess when the younger kids have a problem the CM's step in and try to help them solve it. How cute is that? Last year Saige got picked, which was no surprise. She loves it. She's funny too, she comes home with little stories about the first graders and what they were arguing about. It's entertaining. Well, this year Chase got to be one. He was so excited. In actuality he told me that it was his buddy Jake that got chosen but Jake (I think smartly) didn't feel like it so Chase was next in line to the throne. You gotta love Jake. "Nah, not so much." Anyway, Chase is really happy about this. The only confusing part to me is this... both my kids are conflict managers but they can't seem to not fight themselves. Hmmm...

They (really more Chase than Saige, but they both have them) have been collecting these things called crazy bones. They are these little plastic bones you get at the 5 Below store. I don't know if there is a game that goes with them. I have no idea what the purpose is, they just carry them around in big plastic bags. Although I believe they were banned from school. Chase won't quite give me a straight answer on that. Anyway, the other day in the car Chase was negotiating with Saige for her to just give all her crazy bones to him because she doesn't really want them. He just going for the flat out, "You hand 'em over." Saige was trying to work a deal, she said,"Fine, you can have them but you have to be nice to me on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday." I was pretending I wasn't listening but I looked in the rear view mirror and I see Chase shake his head no and say, "I don't really want 'em." Nice. Conflict manager? Good luck first graders.

4 comments:

Pauline said...

I am eternally jealous of you. You saw Kid Rock LIVE?????
I don't know if I can come back to your blog for the sheer fact that you have his abs on your blog and I do not.
BTW-your kids are cute and i love their names.

Sunshine Buzo said...

What is up with that? My Livy (a first grader) has a heart of gold for all the kiddos at school (even the "baddy" ones--I've even overheard her praying for them--makes a Momma proud). Then she'll come home and not even five minutes into it make a comment to her lil' sis like, "Stop breathing in my space." (siiiiiiigh)

Thanks for the comment on my blog. I've been enjoying your blog. And yes, Kid Rock's abs t'aint a bad thing at 6:35 in the morning. Not bad at all. :)

Mel said...

Hmmm...I'll have to look into the conflict manager for my own school. Great way to establish a community within the classroom and give the younger kids a positive role model. Kids are always meaner to their siblings so no worries!!!

Amy said...

That's funny! I love the part where he's all, Nah, and shaking his head. I really like your blog. And of course you have the name of a goddess:)