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|Wed, 09-03-2008 - 4:18pm|
My 8-year-old is, I fear, turning into a class clown. He is well-liked in school, very smart, gets good grades, and does not get in any trouble, (yet!), but I am starting to get concerned that he is trying too hard to make friends by being funny. Once toward the end of last school year, he told me, "Boy, sometimes it gets tiring trying to be funny all the time." Today, the second day of school, he told me how he had two boys in his class laughing so hard at lunch that milk came out their noses.... When I say he tries to be funny, he does this by being REALLY silly, just saying completely nonsensical things; it is hard to explain. The good thing is, he does not do this at the expense of others -- ie., he doesn't make fun of people in order to get a laugh. But it concerns me that he feels the need to carry on in this goofy way all the time. It is not who I think he REALLY is. I think he feels he is not the most athletic kid or the most popular kid, and he is by nature a little shy and introverted; but if he acts weird and funny, he is accepted... It does get very annoying and eventually I think kids are going to start thinking he's just plain weird, or he's going to go further & further to get a laugh and teachers are going to start noticing and being annoyed...
So I am at a loss now as far as, how much do I step in here? Do I just have to let him find his own way with this? Or do I need to somehow (I don't know how) put my foot down about this constant silliness. Just now sure how to guide him with this.