Sticker Melt Down Diverted

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I have this little darling that is shall we times very trying...temperamental...keeps me on my toes...draining...loving and needy. Bless her heart
I have she has had a very tumultuous year this year (I also had her last year). She has been trying very hard, and has...let’s say been “holding it together” the past few weeks.
Previous to the last few weeks she has had NUMEROUS melt downs that start with her first throwing off her shoes and then can go anywhere from screaming under her desk to locking herself in the bathroom stall-while screaming. The biggest one lasted an hour and half. They usually stem from her not getting her way, or a bad start to her morning at home.
Her mother is a single mom and has worked so hard to get this angel where she needs to be. I love them both and would bring mom (yes she’s young enough to be my own daughter), daughter, and younger brother home with me in a heartbeat.
Today I thought we were headed for a doozy. She came in from music and told me she had a sticker in her pants.
“Ok,” I said “go find it and pull it out in the bathroom.”
Off she went. A few moments later she was back and not happy. “I can’t find it!” “I think it’s in my panties!” “Can I go back?”
“Ok but hurry it’s almost time to get ready to go home.”
Five minutes pass. Ten. Ok now I’m worried, send another child after her. “She says she needs more time.”
I go to the bathroom. “---- Come back now.”
NO I can’t get it!
Lordy...”It’s ok it’s time to go home mom will get it.”
“NO!”  Wailing.
Panic! (yes from me).
“Ok listen you can’t cry... so you can hear me.” Silence.
Thank you Lord.
“Take your panties off and I’ll text mom to come and get you early to help you...Ok?”
Back to class she comes- panties in hand. We (she) put them in a bag then into her backpack.
She sits down to finish work and never gives it or mom another thought.
I pull her aside before we leave.
“I am SO proud of you for not throwing a fit.”
She smiles tears still in the corner of her eyes. 



  1. Maybe this little one has turned the corner and the future will be better. So the question begs to be asked, how did the sticker get into the pants? :-)

    1. LOL I have no idea Elsie nor did either of us ever find one. But it sure was being a pain for both of us!!

  2. I am proud of YOU for not throwing a fit! I was an aide in a kindergarten classroom throughout my college years. I thought that going to middle school I would miss out on these bizarre sorts of incidents that only little people seem to experience. I was wrong. Middle school students and kindergartners are not as different as you would think.

    That little girl and her mother are lucky to have you to work through their challenges with them this year (and last year).

  3. What patience, Tammy. I agree with Christy that you found your calling as a kindie teacher. We just never know what's going to happen do we? I wish others would follow a teacher around for a day, to see the amazing things they do. Last thought: could she have been thinking a 'sticker' was a 'label'?

  4. Success, I had a child last year like this, I loved him, these little guys capture our hearts and change us forever, thank you for sharing.

  5. I have a little one who's favorite response is overreacting. She's learning to hold it together as well, but it's not always been easy. :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  6. Thank you for sharing your story. She is a special child who will stay with you forever. I am new to blogging and I'm trying to organize a Winter Wonderland Exchange project with classes throughout the country. I am hoping you will consider joining the fun. Please hop over to for more info. Thanks, Maria