Recently one of the redditor posted his story of his interaction with his kid. This is what he has to say:
“My older son is five. He’s the most talkative, friendliest, and most…bombastic…kid in his preschool class (his birthday was right on the cutoff for kindergarten so we kept him in preschool for an extra year).
He’s been in preschool since he was two, and at every school performance, he always steals the show — literally. When everyone else is singing, he’s…yelling the lyrics and when everyone else is doing the rehearsed dance, he’d doing his own thing that’s always more…let’s say…energetic.
Anyway, today was the Christmas concert, where all the kids got up and sang Christmas songs. On the way to school I reminded him several times to not be too loud because we wanted to be able to hear the other kids too, and to do the rehearsed dance because the teacher worked hard to teach him, etc, etc.
…he did exactly what he was told. I could tell he was really forcing himself to not go overboard. A little still made it out (when they were supposed to raise their arms above their head, he did a jump too, and when they were supposed to act like they were drumming, he did some headbanging too).
Anyway, long story short, I feel like I just made my son not be himself. His teacher even came up to us afterwards and asked if he was okay because she “loves his enthusiasm and he was so quiet.”
So I’m sad that my concern for social propriety made me make my son not be his funloving, crazy self. I guess the whole point of this post was to express the bittersweetness that he’s growing up.””