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not to want my 5yo DD to be too "sophisticated"?

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BrockleyBird Mon 15-Feb-16 13:53:04

Recently went to Parent's Eve at DD's school. She is doing ok academically - good reading; ok maths; appalling handwriting, but will if she has to.
Then we moved onto her social skills. Apparently she is "immature" - won't sit in a corner quietly colouring like most of the other girls; can't sit still for long periods; expects other children to want to do the same as her, or she thinks they don't like her ... but she is very kind and shares and takes turns etc. So bit mixed messages IMHO. The other girls are quite sophisticated - we went to the cinema with one recently to see a funny film and DD laughed out loud for all the jokes, whereas friend quietly grinned. Afterwards, friend's mum said to me, "Oh yes, Honeybun used to laugh like that but she's grown out of it now. It's so sweet your DD still does it." Wasn't sure what to make of it all. I don't want her growing up too fast, but I do want her to have friends and not be left behind ...Any advice/views?

sooperdooper Mon 15-Feb-16 13:55:45

She's 5 for God sakes, you're absolutely right, she's fine!

I laugh out loud at funny films and I'm 38 grin

Riderontheswarm Mon 15-Feb-16 13:56:23

Ha! I hope never to grow out of laughing. What a ridiculous thing to say.

RudeElf Mon 15-Feb-16 13:59:18

Christ how depressing that any 5 year old is expected to be sophisticated!

BrockleyBird Mon 15-Feb-16 14:21:53

Thanks all. Glad it's not just me! DD is a sweet, sociable child but very openly emotional (in a good way) - which is perhaps in contrast to some of her peers (who seem to have older siblings, so I wonder if that is why?)

AMouseLivedinaWindMill Mon 15-Feb-16 14:24:30

"Oh yes, Honeybun used to laugh like that but she's grown out of it now. It's so sweet your DD still does it.

confused this is one womans interpretation of laughing loudly.

I laugh out loud, I love it, I love it when dd does!

at panto her laugh is ringing out above all others...and making them laugh.

for goodness sake...let them laugh grin

it has nothing to do with being mature or not. she sounds like a normal 5 year old to me. absoltuy fine all round.

PaddingtonFromPeru Mon 15-Feb-16 15:11:29

She sounds lovely. My DS was like this and is now 15 with lots of friends, plays rugby etc. Don't worry.

BrockleyBird Mon 15-Feb-16 15:13:37

Thanks Paddington. That's reassuring!

Fairyliz Mon 15-Feb-16 15:23:34

But who used the word sophisticated? Seems a funny word for a teacher to use about five year olds. I've worked in schools for 16 years and never hear a five year old described like that.

Was it the other mum? In which case its a silly word to use so I should forget about it..

Was is more interesting is what the teacher was trying to tell you. Sounds like she is a lovely kindhearted girl but hasn't yet learnt to do what she is told. This may be because she is very young for her age, or sometimes because parents think it is 'cute' when children give them a winning smile and then ignore what they say.

Lightbulbon Mon 15-Feb-16 15:26:12

Ime the dcs with older siblings are older than their years compared to others.

CottonFrock Mon 15-Feb-16 15:26:43

I think that's one the grimmest things I've read lately - all that sitting quietly, colouring and smiling quietly rather than laughing sounds so gendered. Would a teacher be saying the same if a five year old boy didn't want to sit still for long periods and laughed aloud at something funny? Isn't your daughter allowed to want to run around rather than 'sit in a corner quietly colouring like most of the other girls'? I'm 43 and I know which one I'd rather be doing.

If learning how to sit down and be quiet constitutes 'maturity' and sophistication in a five year old, that's pretty depressing, no?

ForwardAll Mon 15-Feb-16 15:26:51

I missed the memo about not laughing out loud.
Is it just at the cinema, or in life in general?

I'm 38 and I feel terribly unsophisticated now.

Floggingmolly Mon 15-Feb-16 15:27:45

Poor Honeybun sounds like she's had the fun beaten out of her to enhance her sophisticated worldliness.

BrockleyBird Mon 15-Feb-16 15:29:39

It was another (totally different) mum Fairyliz, who has a DD like mine - I thought it summed it up quite well.
DD does do what she is told - we are very firm about that and so is the teacher. She does become more easily distracted than others, so will start by doing what she's told until something more interesting comes along ... I have thought of ADHD in the past, but it is so hard to know at 5 and the teacher hasn't suggested it.

ShutUpLegs Mon 15-Feb-16 15:33:02

THe age gap in the year and sibling relationships play a huge part here.

DD1 (Yr 5) is an August baby so is (and always has been) socially much less "sophisticated" compared to some of her peers. Last WBD, for example, she went as Laura Ingalls whilst her mate arrived as Katniss from the Hunger Games. We also had a recent issue over a birthday party where the group wanted to watch a 12 film that would have freaked my DD out.

DD2 (Yr 2) is an October baby AND has an older sister. SHe is so much more adept at social situations than some of her peers -especially those who are oldest in their families. I can sense the parents of those kids looking at DD2 with some nervousness just as I Do to DD1's peers.

It evens out over time. I try to help scaffold a bit DD1 where appropriate so that she stays in touch with her peers - gentle introduction to music, clothes that her peers like - but am broadly happy for her to mature in her own sweet time. SHe still likes to watch Cbeebies with her younger sibs. She'll grow up when she's good and ready.

BrockleyBird Mon 15-Feb-16 15:33:41

I agree Cottonfrock. DD loves running, dancing, acting, singing and I encourage her in these. I also find the "sitting quietly colouring" thing odd - I think the teacher was trying to explain about the difference between DD and quite a few others in the class (although I did get the impression DD was not the only one - just in a minority).

BrockleyBird Mon 15-Feb-16 15:35:52

Thanks ShutUpLegs - that's what I'm hoping. DD is a June b'day, so one of the youngest and the other child like her is August. The "sophisticated" ones all have b'days Sept-Dec.

BrockleyBird Mon 15-Feb-16 15:39:12

Oh, and "honeybun" is a December b'day and has an older sibling. This is a child who was taken for a mini spa for their 5th b'day treat!!

wigglesrock Mon 15-Feb-16 16:06:39

So another mum who you agree with used the word "sophisticated" about classmates of your daughter? No-one called your dd unsophisticated - tbh Honeybuns mum sounds a pain in the arse but just ignore her, you get them everywhere. You do sound a little sniffy about some of the other kids though - my 5 year old would spend all day having someone else brush her hair, she'd probably implode with excitement if you told her what a spa was, she'd also guffaw the whole way through Alvin and the Shitemunks at the cinema. You seem to have drawn very definite lines between 5 year olds and their behaviour.

thegiddylimit Mon 15-Feb-16 16:21:55

Last WBD, for example, she went as Laura Ingalls whilst her mate arrived as Katniss from the Hunger Games. We also had a recent issue over a birthday party where the group wanted to watch a 12 film that would have freaked my DD out.

I know which of those I think is more appropriate behaviour for a year 5 and it's not Hunger Games and watching 12 films hmm.

I screamed with fright in the cinema at a Disney cartoon when I was in my 30s. I'm really sophisticated me grin

specialsubject Mon 15-Feb-16 16:59:15

teacher's opinion didn't say anything about 'sophistication'. OP's child is good at some things, less so at others, and will no doubt learn.

some kids don't laugh out loud - a 5 year old of my acquaintance doesn't unless tickled, but smiles a lot at funny things. It is just how people are.

Honeybun has a loony mum but otherwise all seems normal and I wouldn't worry.

Sirzy Mon 15-Feb-16 17:06:39

A teacher commenting that a child struggles to sit and engage in an activity is hardly suprising really. It's a run of the mill parents evening comment.

Other than that it's just one mum making a bizarre comment

LittleLionMansMummy Mon 15-Feb-16 17:12:05

She has a zest for life is all, sounds like my ds who is the same age. I'm not a fan of precocious children, but love those with a bit of spirit (not naughtiness). I honestly don't know many 5 year olds who colour quietly in a corner for ages either. Is she quite confident and sociable?

BrockleyBird Mon 15-Feb-16 17:17:19

Very confident LittleLion - if anything a bit too much?! This is partly seen in embracing any new activity e.g. climbing; ice skating, which is great. But partly, she sometimes thinks she's done a great piece of work (like colouring a picture!), but in comparison with the Sept-Dec b'day children, it looks very amateurish. Obviously I encourage her anyway - and know some of them would lack the confidence to try new things, so I'm not worried.
She also adores other children - if anything too enthusiastically - she has got some boundary issues e.g. kisses friends at the end of playdates. But I think this is partly DH and I influencing her too much in that way, as we both come from very emotionally stunted families and have possible overcompensated grin

QueenofLouisiana Mon 15-Feb-16 17:19:44

I'd rather spend the day with your DD than Honeybun! I laugh out loud at the cinema too. My yr6 DS spends his life rolling his eyes every time I laugh or pass any comment which he considers uncool, enjoy the laughing while you can . grin

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