We have very limited experience with day camps for the lils, and although the first experience was not entirely positive , I was willing to try again. A large part of this is that I am at a loss for cool excursions for the lils to do that don’t involve long car rides, that Willy is travelling a bunch this month, and that many of their friends are gone on extended trips for the summer. While we all love each other, we need to see other people every once in a while!
As luck would have it, there is a series of camps that are running in the community hall in our neighbourhood, so I enrolled both lils this week. The camps started this morning, and we arrived at the appointed time to be greeted by a room that was not quite ready, and a leader that had not arrived. She arrived and met each parent, but things had not gotten started when I left twenty minutes later. I was leery about how things would go, so popped in at lunch time, and it appeared that all was well.
When I picked the lils up, they were happy, but both spoke of a little boy who was bugging them. They were excited about their day, but there were little things, like Goose’s butterfly was crumpled thrown out by this boy, he threw sand on Woo… I took most of this with a grain of salt, until Woo told me that he was punched a few times, including the face. Sure enough, he had a lump under his eye and possibly the starts of a shiner. He said he told the leader and that she told the boy to stop it, but I wasn’t happy… so I went back over to talk to her.
The leader was aware of the problems, and let me know that she had tried to talk to me as I was leaving, but I took the lils out early and intercepted the group as they were returning from the park, so she didn’t have a chance. She realized that the boy in question, who was only three was a problem; disruptive, hitting, not listening. She was always having to discipline him, so she called his mom and asked that she remove him from the class, so he won’t be back tomorrow. While I would normally like to see the boy be given a chance to change his behaviour – it is a one week camp so that wasn’t going to happen. So he was asked to leave, and the selfish mama in me is glad that my lils won’t be bothered by him any more.