I had a conference this morning with a parent who blasted me. Apparently, her son was an angel last year in k, where they played for the first 20 min of the day, had a special each morning, had a 15 min snack, and went home at 11:45. I have had problems with him being rude and disrespectful, talking non-stop and bothering others, not completing work. A few weeks ago he punched a classmate in the face while on the bus. The principal called his parents. Last Friday, he first threw all of the pencils from the pencil cup at another boy at his table. Then, when the other boy wouldn't give the pencils back, he jumped up and ran around the table to wrestle the pencils back. Ok, so according to the mother, I am not solving the problem, so I had better change something to fix it. She asked if the kids have a time during the day to just talk. I told her that they can visit at snack, recess, and lunch. She was upset that I don't set aside a time for just playing and talking. She also said that she didn't consider throwing pencils worthy of being sent to the principal. I explained that he wasn't just throwing pencils, he was throwing them AT another student, then wrestling him for them. She said the other boy was using "potty words" and it bothered her son. Excuse after excuse after excuse. To top it off, I had come in early to meet her before school and she was 15 minutes late for our meeting because she had had to take an "important" phone call. Then after meeting with me, she went to the principal to complain. I am writing all of this because I am hoping it will help me to let it go so I can enjoy Thanksgiving. Thanks for letting me vent. I am thankful for all of you!