How To Train Your Dragon-Children

| Learning | February 1, 2016

(I am 14, and volunteering at a daycare center. There are cabinets about seven feet tall in one of the hallways, and are (almost) never a danger to the children. I am on my way to the restroom when I see a little boy who is about 4 years old has somehow CLIMBED ON TOP of one of the cabinets!)

Me: “Oh, my goodness! How did you get up there? Don’t move, okay?”

Boy: “MY NAME IS DRAKE! I AM A DRAGON! I CAN FLY!”

Me: “No, no, it’s fun to pretend but you can’t really fly. Um, let me get a step stool, okay? You stay right there, okay?”

Boy: “I WANT TO FLY! WATCH ME! LOOK! I AM A DRAGON!”

(I realize I am not comfortable leaving him alone at this moment as I am afraid he will jump off and hurt himself.)

Me: *panicked* “No, don’t fly, that’s against the rules! No flying allowed. I’ll have to give you a time-out!”

Boy: *suddenly quiet* “But… I don’t want a time-out.”

Me: “Then no flying, okay? I’m going to get a step stool from that closet right there, and no flying allowed!”

(At this time I am pretty sure he won’t jump. I quickly run to get a stool, and come back no more than ten seconds later. The boy is standing on the ground next to the cabinet with a huge grin on his face.)

Boy: “MY NAME IS DRAKE! I AM A DRAGON! I TOLD YOU! I CAN FLY! NO TIME-OUT ALLOWED!”

Me: *is completely speechless*

Boy: *running away* “HAHA! NO TIME-OUT ALLOWED! NO TIME-OUT ALLOWED! HAHA! I AM A DRAGON!” *runs into the 4-5 year old room, where he is supposed to be*

(I wonder how he got down without hurting himself, and how he even got up there in the first place!)

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