Friday, Alex came home with a scratch. and no explanation.
I understand that children are children, rough and tumble. and boys, especially, have a reputation for being rowdy. I understand things happen and it's hard to know exactly how they get their bumps and bruises... and scratches. I get it. It's hard. Not impossible, but difficult. However, a picture is worth a thousand words, right?
Call me crazy, but I want to know what the fuck happened to my baby's face. To not have an explanation for this is inexcusable.
Accidents happen, I know. It's not the first time Alex has been scratched, there have even been worse scratches like the time he was playing with his APE teacher and she reached out to grab him while they were running and gouged his face with her nail- she felt horrible and went to clip her nails, problem solved. Things happen, I get it. but to not know how? or even what was going on when it happened? No. This is on his face. To not even know what or when... how long are you going without looking him in the face? Unacceptable.
It's totally possible that this one happened on the bus, I'm still waiting for a response to my e-mails (I don't expect one before Monday), the reason for the above paragraph is that this isn't the first time it's happened and I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have gotten a matching scratch on the inside of his thigh from the bus like the last face-scratch-of-unknown-origin he came home with. Yes, I have pics, no I'm not posting. Boy has to have some privacy, ya know, especially when it comes to the diaper area.
So, let's move on to how not to scratch my baby's face...
1. Clip your nails. Yes, I love pretty nails, too. Clip them anyway and add some color to spice it up.
2. Limit your rings to bands. You can put on the sparkles when you get home.
3. There's no need for clunky bracelets. Be pretty on your own time.
4. Put your watch in your pocket. Or invest in one that doesn't have sharp edges.
5. When you are working with him, throw your name tag over your shoulder so it's in the back or tuck it into your shirt while you are physically handling him.
6. Keep your eyes on what you are doing.
7. If none of this works and he still accidentally gets a mark- admit to it. Nothing is worse than the possibility of what could have happened and why no one is stepping forward.